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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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An objective road risk assessment method for multiple species: ranking 166 reptiles and amphibians in California
Mittwoch, 09. Mai 2018
Abstract Context Transportation and wildlife agencies may consider the need for barrier structures and safe wildlife road-crossings to maintain the long-term viability of wildlife populations. In order to prioritize these efforts, it is important to identify species that are most at risk of extirpation from road-related impacts. Purpose Our goal was to...
Regional patterns of nectar availability in subtropical eastern Australia
Mittwoch, 09. Mai 2018
Abstract Context There are few detailed data for short-term (≤ monthly) fluctuations in flowering and nectar availability at relatively large spatial scales. Such information is critical for understanding the governors of variation in flowering and for the management of floral resources assisting the persistence of nectar consumers in landscapes. Objectives...
Predicting species-habitat relationships: does body size matter?
Mittwoch, 09. Mai 2018
Abstract Context Allometric scaling laws are foundational to structuring processes from cellular to ecosystem levels. The idea that allometric relationships underlie species characteristic selection scales, the spatial scales at which species respond to landscape features, has recently been investigated, however, supporting empirical evidence is scarce. Objectives...
Cityscape quality and resource manipulation affect natural enemy biodiversity in and fidelity to urban agroecosystems
Freitag, 04. Mai 2018
Abstract Context Complex landscapes with high resource availability can support more diverse natural enemy communities and better natural pest control by providing resources and facilitating organism dispersal. Moreover, in agricultural landscapes, local agroecosystem management can support biodiversity maintenance and pest control by adding resources in less complex landscapes with fewer resources. However, we lack an understanding...
A tale of two wildfires; testing detection and prediction of invasive species distributions using models fit with topographic and spectral indices
Freitag, 04. Mai 2018
Abstract Context Developing species distribution models (SDMs) to detect invasive species cover and evaluate habitat suitability are high priorities for land managers. Objectives We tested SDMs fit with different variable combinations to provide guidelines for future invasive species model development based on transferability between landscapes...
Correction to: Climate change and ecosystem composition across large landscapes
Dienstag, 01. Mai 2018
Abstract In the original publication, the Electronic Supplementary Material (ESM) was published incorrectly. The correct version of ESM is given in the link below.
Multi-level, multi-scale habitat selection by a wide-ranging, federally threatened snake
Dienstag, 01. Mai 2018
Abstract Context Although multi-scale approaches are commonly used to assess wildlife-habitat relationships, few studies have examined selection at multiple spatial scales within different hierarchical levels/orders of selection [sensu Johnson’s (1980) orders of selection]. Failure to account for multi-scale relationships within a single level of selection may lead to misleading inferences and predictions...
A social-ecological approach to land-use conflict to inform regional and conservation planning and management
Dienstag, 01. Mai 2018
Abstract Context Conflict over land use is endemic to natural resource management given the limited availability of resources and multiple stakeholders’ interests, but there has been limited research to examine conflict from an integrative social-ecological perspective. Objectives We sought to determine how the potential for land use...
Modelling biodiversity trends in the montado (wood pasture) landscapes of the Alentejo, Portugal
Dienstag, 01. Mai 2018
Abstract Context Montados are dynamic agroforestry systems of southern Portugal, with high economic and ecological values. Changes in land use and cover have important implications for landscape-level biodiversity and its conservation. Objectives Our objectives were to evaluate the biodiversity values and trends in a montado system in the...
Response of bioenergy landscape patterns and the provision of biodiversity ecosystem services associated with land-use changes in Jinghong County, Southwest China
Dienstag, 01. Mai 2018
Abstract Context Dramatic land-use change has taken place in the tropical region of southwestern China. However, quantitative evaluation of changes in landscape sustainability and the provision of biodiversity ecosystem services (BESVs) of the region has seldom been attempted. Objectives This study was designed to: (1) assess bioenergy...
The impact of urban expansion on the regional environment in Myanmar: a case study of two capital cities
Dienstag, 01. Mai 2018
Abstract Context This study examines the spatio-temporal patterns of urban expansion for Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, the former and new national capitals of Myanmar, and its impact on the regional environment between 2000 and 2013. Objectives The objective is to examine different driving forces of urban expansion for Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, and...
Dynamic surface water distributions influence wetland connectivity within a highly modified interior landscape
Dienstag, 01. Mai 2018
Abstract Context Animal movements are inherently linked to landscape structure. Understanding this relationship for highly-mobile species requires documenting their responses to spatiotemporal variability of resources. To that end, characterizing movement behaviors and resource distributions using the principles of habitat connectivity facilitates coordinated landscape planning efforts within highly modified landscapes...
Elephants, termites and mound thermoregulation in a progressively warmer world
Dienstag, 01. Mai 2018
Abstract Context With global change, microclimates become important refuges for temperature-sensitive, range-restricted organisms. In African savannas, woody vegetation on Macrotermes mounds create widely-dispersed microclimates significantly cooler than the surrounding matrix, which buffer against elevated temperatures at the finer scale of mounds, allowing species to persist at the landscape scale. Termite colonies...
Symbolic species as a cultural ecosystem service in the European Alps: insights and open issues
Dienstag, 01. Mai 2018
Abstract Purpose Symbolic plants and animals are recognised as a cultural ecosystem service (CES), which is still underrepresented in ecosystem services assessments. Thus, this study aims at identifying and mapping important symbolic species in the European Alps, which are of cultural significance to large parts of the Alpine population. Methods...
Activating landscape ecology: a governance framework for design-in-science
Dienstag, 01. Mai 2018
Abstract Context In response to predominantly local and private approaches to landscape change, landscape ecologists should critically assess the multiscalar influences on landscape design. Objectives This study develops a governance framework for Nassauer and Opdam’s “Design-in-Science” model. Its objective is to create an approach for...
Ground cover increases spatial aggregation and association of insect herbivores and their predators in an agricultural landscape
Dienstag, 01. Mai 2018
Abstract Context Enhancing ground cover vegetation is an important agricultural practice that regulates herbivore and predator insects in agricultural landscapes. However, the effects of ground cover on the spatial distributions of these organisms have scarcely been explored. Objectives Our goal was to measure the effects of ground cover on...
Integrating animal movement with habitat suitability for estimating dynamic migratory connectivity
Donnerstag, 26. April 2018
Abstract Context High-resolution animal movement data are becoming increasingly available, yet having a multitude of empirical trajectories alone does not allow us to easily predict animal movement. To answer ecological and evolutionary questions at a population level, quantitative estimates of a species’ potential to link patches or populations are of importance. Objectives...
Examining speed versus selection in connectivity models using elk migration as an example
Donnerstag, 26. April 2018
Abstract Context Landscape resistance is vital to connectivity modeling and frequently derived from resource selection functions (RSFs). RSFs estimate relative probability of use and tend to focus on understanding habitat preferences during slow, routine animal movements (e.g., foraging). Dispersal and migration, however, can produce rarer, faster movements, in which case models of movement speed rather than resource selection may be...
Assessing and coping with uncertainties in landscape planning: an overview
Montag, 09. April 2018
Abstract Context Although uncertainties are ubiquitous in landscape planning, so far, no systematic understanding exists regarding how they should be assessed, appropriately communicated and what impacts they yield on decision support. With increasing interest in the role of uncertainties in science and policy, a synthesis of relevant knowledge is needed to further promote uncertainty assessment in landscape planning practice...
Temporal shifts in landscape connectivity for an ecosystem engineer, the roe deer, across a multiple-use landscape
Samstag, 07. April 2018
Abstract Context Routine movements of large herbivores, often considered as ecosystem engineers, impact key ecological processes. Functional landscape connectivity for such species influences the spatial distribution of associated ecological services and disservices. Objectives We studied how spatio-temporal variation in the risk-resource trade-off...