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Landscape Ecology - house journal of IALE


The Association works in close collaboration with Springer to produce the major journal in the field, Landscape Ecology . This journal, first time published in 1984, became the flagship journal in the rapidly developing fields of ecology and sustainability science of landscapes. The journal focuses on highly inter- and transdisciplinary studies, aggregating expertise from biological, geophysical, and social sciences to explore the formation, dynamics and consequences of spatial heterogeneity in natural and human-dominated landscapes. Below you'll find the most recentc articles published in Landscape Ecology:


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How does habitat fragmentation affect the biodiversity and ecosystem functioning relationship?
Donnerstag, 15. Februar 2018
Abstract Context The relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (BEF) has been a central topic in ecology for more than 20 years. While experimental and theoretical studies have produced much knowledge of how biodiversity affects ecosystem functioning, it remains poorly understood how habitat fragmentation affects the BEF relationship. Objectives...
Reading past landscapes: combining modern and historical records, maps, pollen-based vegetation reconstructions, and the socioeconomic background
Mittwoch, 14. Februar 2018
Abstract Context Anthropogenic and environmental changes are reshaping landscapes across the globe. In this context, understanding the patterns, drivers, and consequences of these changes is one of the central challenges of humankind. Purpose We aim to test the possibilities of combining modern multidisciplinary approaches to reconstruct the land-cover and...
Implications of forest type and land tenure diversity for the sustainability of ecosystem services provided by northern Amazonia’s multiple-use tree species
Freitag, 09. Februar 2018
Abstract Context As global landscapes continue to change, the sustainability of the ecosystem services they support are increasingly coming into question. In the rapidly changing neotropics, multiple-use plants epitomize sources of ecosystem services. To sustain the relationship that exists between such plants and human populations, a sound understanding of their well-being is required...
Using topographic geodiversity to connect conservation lands in the Central Yukon, Alaska
Samstag, 03. Februar 2018
Abstract Context Alaskan landscapes are changing due to climate change impacts. Maintaining or restoring landscape connectivity is a widely suggested climate change adaptation strategy because species are shifting their distributions to align with emerging conditions. Natural resource managers in Alaska have an opportunity to proactively design connected landscapes as infrastructure networks and economic development continue to...
A spatial analysis of land cover patterns and its implications for urban avifauna persistence under climate change
Samstag, 03. Februar 2018
Abstract Context Although biodiversity in cities is essential to ensure the healthy functioning of ecosystems and biosecurity over time, biodiversity loss resulting from human interventions in land cover patterns is widespread in urban landscapes. In the Southern Hemisphere, climate change is likely to accelerate the process of landscape upheavals, and consequently biodiversity loss...
Abundance of urban male mosquitoes by green infrastructure types: implications for landscape design and vector management
Samstag, 03. Februar 2018
Abstract Context Urban green space (UGS) is widely espoused in sustainable urban design. Notwithstanding its ecosystem services, UGS is commonly perceived as inadvertent habitats for urban mosquitoes. Moreover, the lack of ecological understanding of mosquitoes and their urban habitats renders vector control in green spaces without reliance on chemical and bio-pesticides especially challenging...
Connectivity or area: what drives plant species richness in habitat corridors?
Donnerstag, 01. Februar 2018
Abstract Context The relative importance of habitat area and connectivity for species richness is often unknown. Connectivity effects may be confounded with area effects or they may be of minor importance as posited by the habitat-amount hypothesis. Objectives We studied effects of habitat area and connectivity of linear landscape elements for...
Is it common to be rare on the landscape? A test using a novel model system
Donnerstag, 01. Februar 2018
Abstract Context Understanding how rare species are distributed can be difficult due to heterogeneity between landscape units. Lack of statistical replication of landscapes can make it difficult to carry out testing. Model systems may be a solution. Objectives We test whether lichen thalli along the trunk of a tree are analogous to habitat...
Forest recovery since 1860 in a Mediterranean region: drivers and implications for land use and land cover spatial distribution
Donnerstag, 01. Februar 2018
Abstract Context Land use and land cover (LULC) change is a major part of environmental change. Understanding its long-term causes is a major issue in landscape ecology. Objectives Our aim was to characterise LULC transitions since 1860 and assess the respective and changing effects of biophysical and socioeconomic drivers on forest, arable...
Modeling relative habitat suitability of southern Florida for invasive Burmese pythons ( Python molurus bivittatus )
Donnerstag, 01. Februar 2018
Abstract Context Invasive Burmese pythons are altering the ecology of southern Florida and their distribution is expanding northward. Understanding their habitat use is an important step in understanding the pathways of the invasion. Objectives This study identifies key landscape variables in predicting relative habitat suitability for pythons...
HexSim: a modeling environment for ecology and conservation
Donnerstag, 01. Februar 2018
Abstract Context Simulation models are increasingly used in both theoretical and applied studies to explore system responses to natural and anthropogenic forcing functions, develop defensible predictions of future conditions, challenge simplifying assumptions that facilitated past research, and to train students in scientific concepts and technology. Researcher’s increased use of simulation models has created a demand for new...
Matrix transformation alters species-area relationships in fragmented coastal forests
Donnerstag, 01. Februar 2018
Abstract Context Ecological theory suggests that large habitat fragments should harbour more species than small fragments. However, this may depend on the surrounding matrix. Matrices in fragmented landscapes may either amplify or reduce area effects, which could influence predicted extinctions based on species-area relationships (SARs). Objective...
Anthropogenic disturbances strengthened tree community-environment relationships at the temperate-boreal interface
Donnerstag, 01. Februar 2018
Abstract Context Knowledge of how environmental gradients generate changes in community composition across forest landscapes (β-diversity) represents a critical issue in the era of global change, which exerts especially powerful impacts by shifting disturbance regimes. Objectives We analyzed the response of tree communities to increased...
Inconsistent effects of landscape heterogeneity and land-use on animal diversity in an agricultural mosaic: a multi-scale and multi-taxon investigation
Donnerstag, 01. Februar 2018
Abstract Context The landscape heterogeneity hypothesis states that increased heterogeneity in agricultural landscapes will promote biodiversity. However, this hypothesis does not detail which components of landscape heterogeneity (compositional or configurational) most affect biodiversity and how these compare to the effects of surrounding agricultural land-use...
Walkability in urban landscapes: a comparative study of four large cities in China
Donnerstag, 01. Februar 2018
Abstract Context Walkability is an important element for assessing the sustainability of urban landscapes. There are increased concerns that as the world becomes more urbanized, cities become less walkable. Objectives We aim to develop a composite walkability index to evaluate the spatio-temporal pattern of the walkability of cities. By using...
Ecological network design from occurrence data by simulating species perception of the landscape
Donnerstag, 01. Februar 2018
Abstract Context Ecological networks are often designed based on the degree of suitability and permeability of land cover classes, as obtained by estimating the statistical relationships between occurrence data and classes coverage using habitat suitability models (HSMs). Considering only the classes coverage, but not their spatial arrangement, frequently prevents HSMs from correctly identifying nodes and connectivity elements...
Covariation between local and landscape factors influences the structure of ground-active arthropod communities in fragmented metropolitan woodlands
Donnerstag, 01. Februar 2018
Abstract Context The world is becoming increasingly urbanized, with more than half of the global population now living in cities. Understanding the factors impacting natural communities in fragmented landscapes is therefore crucial for predicting how the remaining ecosystems will respond to global change. Ground-active arthropods, which are important in nutrient cycling, are likely sensitive to habitat changes resulting from...
Impact of land-use change on biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Chilean temperate forests
Dienstag, 30. Januar 2018
Abstract Context Land-use change impacts biodiversity and ecosystem services, which are intrinsically related. There is a serious lack of knowledge concerning on how land-use change affects this relationship at landscape level, where the greatest impacts have been reported. A proper knowledge of that relationship would provide crucial information for planning conservation strategies. The forest landscape of southern Chile, which...
Integrating airborne lidar and satellite imagery to model habitat connectivity dynamics for spatial conservation prioritization
Samstag, 20. Januar 2018
Abstract Context The application of regional-level airborne lidar (light detection and ranging) data to characterize habitat patches and model habitat connectivity over large landscapes has not been well explored. Maintaining a connected network of habitat in the presence of anthropogenic disturbances is essential for regional-level conservation planning and the maintenance of biodiversity values...
Community heterogeneity of aquatic macroinvertebrates in urban ponds at a multi-city scale
Mittwoch, 17. Januar 2018
Abstract Purpose Urbanisation is a leading cause of biotic homogenisation in urban ecosystems. However, there has been little research examining the effect of urbanisation and biotic homogenisation on aquatic communities, and few studies have compared findings across different urban landscapes. We assessed the processes that structure aquatic macroinvertebrate diversity within five UK cities and characterise the heterogeneity of pond...


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