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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. Members get free access to the journal. Below you'll find the most recentc articles published in Landscape Ecology:


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Landscape ecology reaching out
Montag, 26. Juli 2021
Large-scale afforestation for ecosystem service provisioning: learning from the past to improve the future
Freitag, 23. Juli 2021
Abstract Context Afforestation is one of the major drivers of land cover change in the world. In spite of its multiple applications, forest generation has been fostered during the last century to achieve few specific objectives such as timber production or catchment erosion protection. However, new afforestation programs are required to meet multiple objectives such as carbon sequestration, reducing environmental risks and enhance...
Ecological corridors and landscape planning: a model to select priority areas for connectivity maintenance
Donnerstag, 22. Juli 2021
Abstract Context Maintaining connectivity in landscapes where natural ecosystems are quickly replaced by human land-uses is a challenge. To reduce the effects of habitat loss, ecological corridors have been proposed as a relevant tool for landscape planning. Objective We aimed to develop a spatial model to identify and prioritize riparian corridors to...
Jaguar distribution, biological corridors and protected areas in Mexico: from science to public policies
Mittwoch, 21. Juli 2021
Abstract Context Land use change, habitat loss and fragmentation are the major threats to jaguar conservation in Latin America. Here, we integrate the information of jaguar’s distribution to identify priority areas for its conservation. Objective We evaluated the effect of topographic, anthropogenic and landscape variables on habitat suitability to...
Drivers of species and genetic diversity within forest metacommunities across agricultural landscapes of different permeability
Freitag, 16. Juli 2021
Abstract Context Habitat fragmentation and land use intensification are major threats to biodiversity worldwide, affecting both species (SD) and genetic (GD) diversity. It remains unclear whether SD and GD respond to the same components of landscape changes and to what extent they correlate in fragmented systems. Objectives We explore the role of current...
Fine temporal resolution satellite sensors with global coverage: an opportunity for landscape ecologists
Freitag, 16. Juli 2021
Abstract Context Open data policies and accessible computation platforms allow efficient extraction of information from remote sensing data for landscape research. Landscape ecology is strongly influenced by remote sensing, and the value of fine resolution temporal information for characterising landscapes is under-explored. Objectives We highlighted the...
The importance of spatial configuration of neighbouring land cover for explanation of surface temperature of individual patches in urban landscapes
Donnerstag, 15. Juli 2021
Abstract Context Relationships between spatial configuration of urban form and land surface temperature (LST) in the excess heat mitigation context are studied over larger tracts of land not allowing for micro-scale recommendations to urban design. Objectives To identify spatial configuration descriptors (SCDs) of urban form and the size of zone of...
Omnidirectional connectivity for the Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus) across the Colombian Andes
Mittwoch, 14. Juli 2021
Abstract Context Conserving or restoring connectivity is a common objective of landscape-scale conservation initiatives. However, precise species occurrence or movement data to inform or validate spatial models are often lacking. Objectives Our objectives were to (1) produce the first approximation of country-wide connectivity for Andean bears (Tremarctos...
Multi-scale waterfowl habitat conservation planning in Wisconsin, USA
Mittwoch, 14. Juli 2021
Abstract Context The North American Waterfowl Management Plan and the Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes Joint Venture waterfowl habitat conservation strategy provide continental and regional guidance, respectively, for waterfowl habitat conservation planning. They were not designed to guide watershed- scale waterfowl habitat delivery. Objective Our goal...
Insectivorous songbirds as early indicators of future defoliation by spruce budworm
Dienstag, 13. Juli 2021
Abstract Context Although the spatiotemporal dynamics of spruce budworm outbreaks have been intensively studied, forecasting outbreaks remains challenging. During outbreaks, budworm-linked warblers (Tennessee, Cape May, and bay-breasted warbler) show a strong positive response to increases in spruce budworm, but little is known about the relative timing of these responses...
The disappearing Dry Chaco, one of the last dry forest systems on earth
Samstag, 10. Juli 2021
Abstract Context The Dry Chaco spans more than 87 million hectares across Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay. This unique forest system has experienced extensive loss and fragmentation due to land-use change, with different land-use histories in the three countries. This forest loss has altered landscape connectivity for the Dry Chaco’s associated biota. Objectives...
Sensitivity to habitat fragmentation across European landscapes in three temperate forest herbs
Mittwoch, 07. Juli 2021
Abstract Context Evidence for effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on the viability of temperate forest herb populations in agricultural landscapes is so far based on population genetic studies of single species in single landscapes. However, forest herbs differ in their life histories, and landscapes have different environments, structures and histories, making generalizations difficult...
Making the connection: combining habitat suitability and landscape connectivity to understand species distribution in an agricultural landscape
Mittwoch, 07. Juli 2021
Abstract Context The current biodiversity crisis has intensified the need to predict species responses to landscape modification and has renewed attention on the fundamental question of what influences the dynamics of species distributions. Landscape composition can affect two main components that dictate distributions: habitat suitability and habitat connectivity. Elucidating the relative importance of these factors and associated...
Relating landscape ecological metrics with public survey data on perceived landscape quality and place attachment
Dienstag, 06. Juli 2021
Abstract Context It is essential for policy-making and planning that we understand landscapes not only in terms of landscape ecological patterns, but also in terms of their contribution to people's quality of life. Objectives In this study our objective is to test relationships between landscape ecology and social science indicators, by investigating how...
How well do proxy species models inform conservation of surrogate species?
Montag, 05. Juli 2021
Abstract Context Proxy species, which represent suites of organisms with similar habitat requirements, are common in conservation. Landscape Capability (LC) models aim to quantify the spatially-explicit capability of landscapes to support proxy species that represent suites of forest birds. Objectives We evaluated the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation...
Scale-dependent effects of terrestrial habitat on genetic variation in the great crested newt (Triturus cristatus)
Montag, 05. Juli 2021
Abstract Context Terrestrial landscapes surrounding aquatic habitat influence the persistence of amphibian spatially structured populations (SSPs) via their crucial role in providing estivation and overwintering sites, facilitating or hampering dispersal and colonisation, and consequently the maintenance or loss of genetic diversity. Objectives To highlight...
If a tree falls in the forest: terrestrial habitat loss predicts caddisfly (Insecta: Trichoptera) assemblages and functional feeding group biomass throughout rivers of the North-central United States
Montag, 05. Juli 2021
Abstract Context Understanding the specific natural and anthropogenic drivers of aquatic insect assemblages and feeding ecology is critical to managing aquatic ecosystems. Utilizing the counts of benthic specimens found in most studies is suboptimal due to sampling difficulties, lack of taxonomic resolution, and the tacit assumption that specimens of all sizes are ecologically equivalent. These problems may be overcome by measuring...
Habitat edges alter arthropod community composition
Sonntag, 04. Juli 2021
Abstract Context Historically, habitat edges were thought to increase diversity by combining communities from two habitats, but empirical results are mixed. Variation in edge responses may be driven by lumping specialists and generalists with divergent responses. Objectives We examined arthropod communities associated with a habitat edge in an intertidal...
Connecting mountains and desert valleys for black bears in northern Mexico
Samstag, 03. Juli 2021
Abstract Context Black bear connectivity studies are scarce in the southern distribution where the species is endangered. The identification of corridors is a strategy to promote conservation in human-modified landscapes. Objectives Assess and validate long-distance corridors in the southern black bear distribution using resistance models, occurrence...
An experimental test of the habitat amount hypothesis reveals little effect of habitat area but transient or indirect effects of fragmentation on local species richness
Freitag, 02. Juli 2021
Abstract Context The habitat amount hypothesis (HAH) posits that local species richness is driven more by the amount of habitat in the surrounding landscape than by local patch size or habitat configuration. Habitat amount and configuration influence patch attributes, however, making it difficult to isolate these relative effects on local richness. Objectives...