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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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Landscape context drives breeding habitat selection by an enigmatic grassland songbird
Donnerstag, 05. Oktober 2017
Abstract Purpose Wildlife conservation requires understanding how landscape context influences habitat selection at spatial scales broader than the territory or habitat patch. Objectives We assessed how landscape composition, fragmentation, and disturbance affected occurrence and within-season site-fidelity of a declining grassland songbird species...
Analyzing dynamics and values of cultural landscapes
Dienstag, 03. Oktober 2017
More is more? Forest management allocation at different spatial scales to mitigate conflicts between ecosystem services
Dienstag, 03. Oktober 2017
Abstract Context Multi-objective management can mitigate conflicts among land-use objectives. However, the effectiveness of a multi-objective solution depends on the spatial scale at which land-use is optimized. This is because the ecological variation within the planning region influences the potential for site-specific prioritization according to the different objectives...
A Bayesian method for assessing multi-scale species-habitat relationships
Dienstag, 03. Oktober 2017
Abstract Context Scientists face several theoretical and methodological challenges in appropriately describing fundamental wildlife-habitat relationships in models. The spatial scales of habitat relationships are often unknown, and are expected to follow a multi-scale hierarchy. Typical frequentist or information theoretic approaches often suffer under collinearity in multi-scale studies, fail to converge when models are complex or...
Spatiotemporal dynamics of the agricultural landscape mosaic drives distribution and abundance of dominant carabid beetles
Dienstag, 03. Oktober 2017
Abstract Context Agroecosystems are dynamic, with yearly changing proportions of crops. Explicit consideration of this temporal heterogeneity is required to decipher population and community patterns but remains poorly studied. Objectives We evaluated the impact on the activity-density of two dominant carabid species (Poecilus cupreus and Anchomenus...
Direct and indirect effects of agricultural intensification on a host-parasitoid system on the ribwort plantain ( Plantago lanceolata L.) in a landscape context
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2017
Abstract Context Intensification of land use is known as a major driver of worldwide decline in biodiversity. Trophic interactions might be especially affected by a changing landscape structure due to agricultural intensification. Objective In this study we investigated the effects of increasing land use intensity on a tritrophic system at...
Spatiotemporal distribution of an invasive insect in an urban landscape: introduction, establishment and impact
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2017
Abstract Context Biological invasions are characterized by dynamic spatiotemporal distribution patterns. Yet landscape scale distribution patterns of invasive species are rarely leveraged to understand invasion in a comprehensive manner. Objectives Characterize three key stages of invasion from the landscape scale distribution patterns for an...
Lines in the sand: quantifying the cumulative development footprint in the world’s largest remaining temperate woodland
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2017
Abstract Context The acceleration of infrastructure development presents many challenges for the mitigation of ecological impacts. The type, extent, and cumulative effects of multiple developments must be quantified to enable mitigation. Objectives We quantified anthropogenic development footprints in a globally significant and relatively...
Landscape complementation revealed through bipartite networks: an example with the Florida manatee
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2017
Abstract Context Landscape complementation, or how landscapes that contain two or more non-substitutable and spatially separated resources facilitate resource use, is critical for many populations. Implicit to the problem of landscape complementation is the movement of individuals to access multiple resources. Conventional measures of complementation, such as habitat area or distance between habitats, do not consider the...
Diversity of bumblebees, heteropteran bugs and grasshoppers maintained by both: abandonment and extensive management of mountain meadows in three regions across the Austrian and Swiss Alps
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2017
Abstract Context Abandonment of extensively managed meadows is an ongoing global challenge in recent decades, particularly in mountain regions, and directly affects plant diversity. However, the extent to which plant diversity further affects associated insect pollinators or herbivores is little investigated. Objectives We focused on the...
Functional connectivity of the white-footed mouse in Southern Quebec, Canada
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2017
Abstract Purpose The white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) is an important reservoir host for the pathogen responsible for Lyme disease in eastern North-America. Indigenous cases of Lyme disease in southern Quebec have increased from two cases in 2004 to 160 cases in 2015. Because of the strong relationship between the white-footed mouse occurrence and the Lyme disease pathogen prevalence, we can estimate the risk of Lyme...
The impact of urbanization and climate change on urban temperatures: a systematic review
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2017
Abstract Context Cities have elevated temperatures compared to rural areas, a phenomenon known as the “urban heat island”. Higher temperatures increase the risk of heat-related mortality, which will be exacerbated by climate change. Objectives To examine the impact of climate change and urban growth on future urban temperatures and the...
A methodology for relating wetland configuration to human disturbance in Alberta
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2017
Abstract Context Widespread loss of wetland ecosystems resulting from human land use highlights the need for a reclamation strategy that can sustain wetland ecosystem services. Since wetland function partly depends on landscape structure, reclamation and monitoring can be aided by knowing the differences in wetland configuration between undisturbed and disturbed landscapes...
Network analysis reveals strong seasonality in the dispersal of a marine parasite and identifies areas for coordinated management
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2017
Abstract Context Sea lice are the most significant parasitic problem affecting wild and farmed salmon. Larval lice released from infected fish in salmon farms and their transport by water masses results in inter-farm networks of lice dispersal. Understanding this parasite connectivity is key to its control and effective management. Objectives...
Connectivity drives the functional diversity of plant dispersal traits in agricultural landscapes: the example of ditch metacommunities
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2017
Abstract Context Studying communities using a trait-based approach has contributed to major advances in the understanding of community assembly mechanisms, but research has primarily focused on the effect of local biotic and abiotic processes on plant assemblages. Objectives At the landscape level, we expect that the diversity of trait values...
Landscape metrics as a framework to measure the effect of landscape structure on the spread of invasive insect species
Montag, 25. September 2017
Abstract Context With accelerated land-use change throughout the world, increased understanding of the relative effects of landscape composition and configuration on biological system and bioinvasion in particular, is needed to design effective management strategies. However, this topic is poorly understood in part because empirical studies often fail to account for large gradients of habitat complexity and offer insufficient or even...
High value of ecological information for river connectivity restoration
Donnerstag, 21. September 2017
Abstract Context Efficient restoration of longitudinal river connectivity relies on barrier mitigation prioritization tools that incorporate stream network spatial structure to maximize ecological benefits given limited resources. Typically, ecological benefits of barrier mitigation are measured using proxies such as the amount of accessible riverine habitat. Objectives...
Holding the line: three decades of prescribed fires halt but do not reverse woody encroachment in grasslands
Montag, 18. September 2017
Abstract Context Encroachment of woody vegetation represents a significant global threat to biodiversity in grasslands, but practices used to reverse encroachment are rarely evaluated comprehensively. Several factors may drive encroachment, such as land use history, alteration of disturbance regimes, and local environment, but their relative importance is poorly understood. Another complicating factor is that encroachment may proceed...
Spatio-temporal variation in foodscapes modifies deer browsing impact on vegetation
Mittwoch, 13. September 2017
Abstract Context Ungulate browsers often alter plant composition and reduce diversity in forests worldwide, yet our ability to predict browse impact on vegetation remains equivocal. Theory suggests, however, that ungulate distribution and foraging impacts are shaped by scale-dependent decisions based on variation in habitat composition and structure encountered within their home range...
Identifying environmental drivers of spatial genetic structure of the European pine marten ( Martes martes )
Montag, 11. September 2017
Abstract Context In a global context of erosion of biodiversity, the current environmental policy in Europe is oriented towards the creation and the preservation of ecological networks for wildlife. However, most of the management guidelines arose from a structural landscape diagnostic without truly taking into consideration species’ needs. Objectives We...


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