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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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The role of ecosystem services within safe and just operating space at the regional scale
Montag, 22. Juli 2024
Abstract Context The Regional Safe and Just Operating Space (RSJOS), serving as a conceptual framework that supports environmental governance and policy formulation, has garnered growing recognition. However, the application of ecosystem services in the RSJOS framework still constitutes a knowledge gap in the realm of landscape sustainability science. Objectives...
A simple mechanism for uncrewed aircraft bioaerosol sampling in the lower atmosphere
Montag, 22. Juli 2024
Abstract Context Understanding the movement of bioaerosols, such as spores and pollen, through the atmosphere is important for a broad spectrum of landscape research, including agricultural fungal outbreaks and pollen threats to public health. As spores and pollen can be transported in the air over large distances, the use of aircraft has historically played a role in detecting and mapping their presence in the lower atmosphere...
The effect of landscape composition, complexity, and heterogeneity on bird richness: a systematic review and meta-analysis on a global scale
Mittwoch, 17. Juli 2024
Abstract Context Birds, as indicators of biodiversity, are experiencing habitat reduction and loss due to landscape changes. Evidence is mounting that the response of bird richness to landscape patterns remains controversial on a global scale. In this study, we conducted a quantitative global synthesis to gain a comprehensive understanding of this relationship. Our findings contribute to the development of bird conservation...
Scaling issues in the study of livestock depredation by carnivores
Dienstag, 16. Juli 2024
Abstract Context Many studies have documented the magnitude and socioecological drivers of livestock depredation, yet few have assessed how observations of depredation might vary with spatiotemporal scale. Understanding scaling relationships may allow for more accurate aggregation of observations collected across diverse extents and resolutions to better inform management actions...
Placing landscape ecology in the global context
Samstag, 06. Juli 2024
Ungrazed seminatural habitats around farms benefit bird conservation without enhancing foodborne pathogen risks
Freitag, 05. Juli 2024
Abstract Context Conservation in working landscapes is critical for halting biodiversity declines and ensuring farming system sustainability. However, concerns that wildlife may carry foodborne pathogens has created pressure on farmers to remove habitat and reduce biodiversity, undermining farmland conservation. Nonetheless, simplified farming landscapes may host bird communities that carry higher foodborne disease risks...
Impacts of urban-rural integration on landscape patterns and their implications for landscape sustainability: The case of Changsha, China
Freitag, 05. Juli 2024
Abstract Context Landscape patterns result from complex social-ecological interactions, such as urban-rural integration which is especially notable in China. However, the impacts of urban-rural integration on landscape sustainability remain understudied. Objectives Our objectives were to examine the impacts of urban-rural integration on...
Integrating ecosystem services, stakeholders’ perspective, and land-use scenarios to safeguard sustainability of the Mulberry-Dyke and Fish-Pond System
Donnerstag, 04. Juli 2024
Abstract Context Optimizing landscape patterns by considering ecosystem services and human well-being is crucial for landscape sustainability research. Such optimization process shall also consider multiple stakeholders’ perspectives, interests and benefits, which remain less well investigated. Objectives The study aims to integrate...
How is human well-being related to ecosystem services at town and village scales? A case study from the Yangtze River Delta, China
Samstag, 29. Juni 2024
Abstract Context The relationships between ecosystem services (ES) and human well-being (HWB) have been found to be influenced by geographic locations and socioeconomic development, and vary from local to global scales. However, there is a lack of comparative analyses at fine administrative scales such as town and village scales. Objective...
Ecological displacement in a Rocky Mountain hybrid zone informs management of North American martens (Martes)
Donnerstag, 27. Juni 2024
Abstract Context Parapatric sister species are ideal for tests of ecological interactions. Pacific (Martes caurina) and American pine (M. americana) martens are economically and culturally valuable furbearers that hybridize in the north-central Rocky Mountains. Despite preliminary evidence of biased introgression, the hybrid zone has been geographically stable for 70 years, but interspecific ecological interactions have yet to...
Urban oasis? Abundant dice snake (Natrix tessellata) populations along artificial lakeside habitats in urban landscapes
Mittwoch, 26. Juni 2024
Abstract Context Human-induced landscape modification, such as urbanization, creates new environments that can have adverse effects on flora and fauna, posing threats to biodiversity. Understanding how reptiles respond to urbanization is crucial, especially in light of their ongoing population declines. Objectives We examined the influence of...
Evidence for regional-scale declines in carabid beetles in old lowland beech forests following a period of severe drought
Dienstag, 25. Juni 2024
Abstract Context Evidence for declines in insect populations is growing with climate change being one suspected driver. Forests, however, are still underrepresented in the relevant research. Recent droughts (2018–2020) have severely affected forests in Central Europe and have been linked to declines in carabid abundance, biomass as well as changes in species traits at the local scale...
Spatio-temporal dynamics of fairy circles in Namibia are driven by rainfall and soil infiltrability
Dienstag, 25. Juni 2024
Abstract Context Namibia’s fairy circles (FCs) form an extraordinary vegetation pattern along the Namib Desert. Recent evidence from multiple fieldwork activities is increasingly supporting the view that FCs result from biomass-water feedbacks and plant self-organization. Objectives To shed light on these biomass-water feedbacks, we focused...
Revealing functional responses in habitat selection of rocky features and rugged terrain by Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) using LiDAR data
Donnerstag, 20. Juni 2024
Abstract Context Many carnivores are attracted to rugged terrain, rocky areas, and conspicuous relief features. However, most of the previous research is limited to general topographical habitat characteristics and rarely consider the effects of microhabitat characteristics. Objectives We used the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) as a model species...
Exploring agricultural landscape change from the second half of the twentieth century onwards: combining aerial imagery with farmer perspectives
Donnerstag, 20. Juni 2024
Abstract Context Anthropogenic landscape change is an important driver shaping our environment. Historical landscape analysis contributes to the monitoring and understanding of these change processes. Such analyses are often focused on specific spatial scales and single research methods, thus covering only limited aspects of landscape change. Objectives...
Landscape configuration and storm characteristics drive spatial patterns of wind disturbance in boreal forest landscapes
Mittwoch, 19. Juni 2024
Abstract Context Wind is an important disturbance in circumboreal forests, and its frequency and severity may change with climate change, highlighting the need to understand the drivers of wind disturbance. Currently, how landscape configuration drives wind disturbance is poorly understood. Objectives We investigated whether and how landscape...
Old-growth forests are critical to safeguard tropical birds in complex landscape mosaics exposed to slash-and-burn agriculture
Dienstag, 18. Juni 2024
Abstract Context Slash-and-burn agriculture generates landscape mosaics composed of different land uses. Ecological theory postulates that in these mosaics, the structure of species assemblages depends on both local- and landscape-scale factors, but their relative role remains poorly known. Objectives Understanding the relative importance of...
Green or grain? Impact of green space expansion on grain production in Chinese cities and its implications for national urban greening schemes
Montag, 17. Juni 2024
Abstract Context Expansion of urban green space (UGS) enhances greenery and its benefits in cities. However, the impacts of such expansions on regional landscape sustainability and their spatiotemporal traits across the national scale remain unclear. Objectives This study uncovers a trade-off between agricultural ecosystem services and urban...
Urban landscape pattern mainly drives the early epidemic distribution of dengue fever in Hangzhou, China
Freitag, 14. Juni 2024
Abstract Context A new dengue fever (DF) epidemic in Hangzhou, China has placed a serious burden on the urban sustainable development. However, the key drivers of DF epidemic are still unclear, especially the effects of urban landscape patterns. Objectives In the present study, the spatial relationships between DF epidemic and urban landscape...
Land-use change alters specialist bee diet and drives body size declines
Montag, 03. Juni 2024
Abstract Context Land-use change can cause decreases in plant abundance and richness and the replacement of wild plants with domesticated plants. Changes in plant community composition disrupt mutualistic plant-pollinator interactions with ecological consequences for plants and pollinators, and especially for specialists that rely on certain plants. Objectives...