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How many principles of urban ecology are there?
Samstag, 01. April 2017
Abstract Context The nature of urban ecology theory is controversial. Issues include whether urban theory is distinct, whether it has principles, and whether those principles differ from those for non-urban systems. Recently, Richard Forman enumerated urban ecology principles, while we have previously articulated different urban ecology principles. This raises the question of whether there are legitimately different sets of...
Disturbance increases negative spatial autocorrelation in species diversity
Samstag, 01. April 2017
Abstract Context Ecological processes that shape diversity and spatial pattern of ecological communities are often altered by disturbance. Spatial patterns (spatial autocorrelation) in species diversity are thus expected to change with disturbance. Objective When examining spatial patterns, ecologists traditionally lump positive and negative...
The future demographic niche of a declining grassland bird fails to shift poleward in response to climate change
Samstag, 01. April 2017
Abstract Context Temperate grasslands and their dependent species are exposed to high variability in weather and climate due to the lack of natural buffers such as forests. Grassland birds are particularly vulnerable to this variability, yet have failed to shift poleward in response to recent climate change like other bird species in North America. However, there have been few studies examining the effect of weather on...
Urban expansion and local land-cover change both significantly contribute to urban warming, but their relative importance changes over time
Samstag, 01. April 2017
Abstract Context The urban heat island (UHI) affects both biogeochemical cycles and human society. Previous studies of UHI indicate urban expansion and local land-cover change can lead to higher temperatures in cities compared to the adjacent countryside. Few studies have examined the joint effects of city- and local-scale factors on urban warming, and their relative importance...
Assessment of the relationship between ecosystem services and human wellbeing in the social-ecological landscapes of Lefke Region in North Cyprus
Samstag, 01. April 2017
Abstract Context Social-ecological landscapes provide essential ecosystem services (ESs) for human wellbeing (HWB). Understanding the relationship between ESs and HWB is important for relevant policy development. Within this context, the purpose of this study is to assess the relationship between ESs and HWB in the social-ecological landscapes of Lefke Region located in North Cyprus...
The effect of roads on edge permeability and movement patterns for small mammals: a case study with Montane Akodont
Samstag, 01. April 2017
Abstract Context Increased edge density is among the main negative effects of habitat loss and fragmentation. Roads are linear infrastructures that may promote barrier effects due to disturbance and mortality effects. We hypothesized that edges of habitat patches bordered by roads are less permeable than roadless edges. Objectives We tested...
Non-random patterns of vegetation clearing and potential biases in studies of habitat area effects
Samstag, 01. April 2017
Abstract Context Native vegetation extent is often a proxy for habitat area in studies of human-modified landscapes. However, the loss and retention of native vegetation is rarely random among landscapes. Instead, the extent of native vegetation in landscapes may be correlated with abiotic factors, thereby obscuring or distorting relationships between ecological phenomena and area...
Sensitivity of resource selection and connectivity models to landscape definition
Samstag, 01. April 2017
Abstract Context The definition of the geospatial landscape is the underlying basis for species-habitat models, yet sensitivity of habitat use inference, predicted probability surfaces, and connectivity models to landscape definition has received little attention. Objectives We evaluated the sensitivity of resource selection and connectivity...
Spatial determinants of Atlantic Forest loss and recovery in Brazil
Samstag, 01. April 2017
Abstract Context Despite continued forest cover losses in many parts of the world, Atlantic Forest, one of the largest of the Americas, is increasing in some locations. Economic factors are suggested as causes of forest gain, while enforcement has reduced deforestation. Objectives We examine three aspects of this issue: the relative importance...
Spatial heterogeneity of subsurface soil texture drives landscape-scale patterns of woody patches in a subtropical savanna
Samstag, 01. April 2017
Abstract Context In the Rio Grande Plains of southern Texas, subtropical savanna vegetation is characterized by a two-phase pattern consisting of discrete woody patches embedded within a C4 grassland matrix. Prior trench transect studies have suggested that, on upland portions of the landscape, large woody patches (groves) occur on non-argillic inclusions, while small woody patches (clusters) are dispersed among herbaceous...
Agent-based modeling of complex social–ecological feedback loops to assess multi-dimensional trade-offs in dryland ecosystem services
Samstag, 01. April 2017
Abstract Context Recent conceptual developments in ecosystem services research have revealed the need to elucidate the complex and unintended relationships between humans and the environment if we are to better understand and manage ecosystem services in practice. Objectives This study aimed to develop a model that spatially represents a...
The plant functional traits that explain species occurrence across fragmented grasslands differ according to patch management, isolation, and wetness
Samstag, 01. April 2017
Abstract Context Landscape fragmentation significantly affects species distributions by decreasing the number and connectivity of suitable patches. While researchers have hypothesized that species functional traits could help in predicting species distribution in a landscape, predictions should depend on the type of patches available and on the ability of species to disperse and grow...
The relative importance of local versus landscape variables on site occupancy in bats of the Brazilian Cerrado
Samstag, 01. April 2017
Abstract Context Species site-occupancy patterns may be influenced by habitat variables at both local and landscape scales. Although local habitat variables influence whether the site is suitable for a given species, the broader landscape context can also influence site occupancy, particularly for species that are sensitive to land-use change. Objectives...
The influence of landscape relative to site and patch variables on primate distributions in the Colombian Llanos
Samstag, 01. April 2017
Abstract Context Primates are an important component of biodiversity in tropical regions. However, many studies on the effects of habitat change on primates ignore the relative influence of landscape composition and configuration. Objectives This study addresses the question: how important are landscape-scale forest area and composition...
The efficacy of protected areas and private land for plant conservation in a fragmented landscape
Samstag, 01. April 2017
Abstract Context Protected areas are a cornerstone of the global strategy for conserving biodiversity, and yet their efficacy in comparison to unprotected areas is rarely tested. In the highly fragmented forests of temperate regions, landscape context and forest history may be more important than protection status for plant species diversity. Objectives...
How does a transforming landscape influence bird breeding success?
Abstract Context The conversion of agricultural landscapes to tree plantations is a major form of landscape transformation worldwide, but its effects on biodiversity, particularly key population processes like reproductive success, are poorly understood. Objectives We compared bird breeding success between woodland remnants surrounded by maturing stands of...
Spatial relationship between biodiversity and geodiversity across a gradient of land-use intensity in high-latitude landscapes
Abstract Context ‘Conserving Nature’s stage’ has been advanced as an important conservation principle because of known links between biodiversity and abiotic environmental diversity, especially in sensitive high-latitude environments and at the landscape scale. However these links have not been examined across gradients of human impact on the landscape. Objectives...
Assessing wild bees in perennial bioenergy landscapes: effects of bioenergy crop composition, landscape configuration, and bioenergy crop area
Abstract Context Wild bee populations are currently under threat, which has led to recent efforts to increase pollinator habitat in North America. Simultaneously, U.S. federal energy policies are beginning to encourage perennial bioenergy cropping (PBC) systems, which have the potential to support native bees. Objectives Our objective was to explore the...
Metapopulation modelling of long-term urban habitat-loss scenarios
Abstract Context Increasing human populations in urban areas pose a threat to species’ persistence through habitat loss and fragmentation. It is therefore essential that we develop methods to investigate critical habitat loss thresholds and least detrimental landscape configurations. Objectives We develop a framework to assess how the pattern of habitat...
Conservation planning with spatially explicit models: a case for horseshoe bats in complex mountain landscapes
Abstract Context Context Bats are considered as an ecological indicator of habitat quality due to their sensitivity to human-induced ecosystem changes. Hence, we will focus the study on two indicator species of bats as a proxy to evaluate structure and composition of the landscape to analyze anthropic pressures driving changes in patterns. Objectives This...

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