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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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Correlations and variance among species traits explain contrasting impacts of fragmentation and habitat loss on functional diversity
Donnerstag, 01. Oktober 2020
Abstract Context Understanding how landscape fragmentation affects functional diversity, defined as the distribution of functional traits in an assemblage, is critical for managing landscapes for biodiversity and ecosystem functions. Despite some scattered evidence, we lack a clear understanding of how patterns of fragmentation drive changes in functional diversity, and its relationship with species richness as habitat is lost...
Eighty-year review of the evolution of landscape ecology: from a spatial planning perspective
Donnerstag, 01. Oktober 2020
Abstract Context Sustainable spatial development requires the establishment of a balance between rational land use and the protection of nature, ecosystems and biodiversity on various spatial levels and temporal horizons. The integration of landscape ecology and spatial development planning can help overcome the complex problems of managing landscapes and natural resources and increase the chances of reaching sustainable...
Interactions of local habitat type, landscape composition and flower availability moderate wild bee communities
Donnerstag, 01. Oktober 2020
Abstract Context Landscape and local habitat traits moderate wild bee communities. However, whether landscape effects differ between local habitat types is largely unknown. Objectives We explored the way that wild bee communities in three distinct habitats are shaped by landscape composition and the availability of flowering plants by...
Habitat edge effects decrease litter accumulation and increase litter decomposition in coastal salt marshes
Donnerstag, 01. Oktober 2020
Abstract Context Habitat fragmentation is known to be one of the leading causes of species extinctions, however few studies have explored how habitat fragmentation impacts ecosystem functioning and carbon cycling, especially in wetland ecosystems. Objectives We aimed to determine how habitat fragmentation, defined by habitat area and distance...
Scale-dependent correlates of reptile communities in natural patches within a fragmented agroecosystem
Donnerstag, 01. Oktober 2020
Abstract Context Studying biodiversity in light of increased fragmentation in agroecosystems requires the understanding of scale-dependent and multi-scale determinants of various community measures. Objectives In a heterogeneous agro-landscape, we aimed to understand whether: (1) Reptile communities are affected by a certain variable that...
Political borders impact associations between habitat suitability predictions and resource availability
Donnerstag, 01. Oktober 2020
Abstract Context By linking species of conservation concern to their abiotic and biotic requirements, habitat suitability models (HSM) can assist targeted conservation measures. Yet, conservation measures may fail if HSM are unable to predict crucial resources. HSM are typically developed using remotely sensed land-cover classification data but not information on resources per se...
The role of species composition in the emergence of alternate vegetation states in a temperate rainforest system
Donnerstag, 01. Oktober 2020
Abstract Context Forest systems are dynamic and can alternate between alternative stable states in response to climate, disturbance and internal abiotic and biotic conditions. Switching between states depends on the crossing of critical thresholds and the establishment of feedbacks that drive (and maintain) changes in ecosystem functioning. The nature of these thresholds and the workings of these feedbacks have been...
Integrating meteorological factors for better understanding of the urban form-air quality relationship
Donnerstag, 01. Oktober 2020
Abstract Context Understanding the urban form-air quality relationship is essential to mitigate intra-urban air pollution and to improve urban ecology. However, few studies considered urban form and meteorological factors integratively and analyzed their synthetic effects on air pollution. Objectives We investigate how to model the integrated...
Quantifying the effects of remnant seed sources on post-volcanic-eruption forest recovery through historic landscape reconstruction from 1710 to 2010
Donnerstag, 01. Oktober 2020
Abstract Context The rate and trajectory of forest landscape recovery after a volcanic eruption rely largely on available seed sources and patterns of seed dispersal. However, quantifying the importance of various seed sources has not been attempted. Objectives We demonstrate a forest landscape modeling framework for spatiotemporal...
Linear woody landscape elements may help to mitigate leaf surface loss caused by the cereal leaf beetle
Donnerstag, 01. Oktober 2020
Abstract Context Woody semi-natural habitats serve as permanent habitats and hibernation sites for natural enemies and, through spillover processes, they play an important role in the biological control of insect pests. However, this service is also dependent on the amount and configuration of the dominating woody habitat types: linear landscape elements (hedgerows, shelterbelts), and more evenly extended plantations. Relating...
Landscape-wide changes in land use and land cover correlate with, but rarely explain local biodiversity change
Donnerstag, 01. Oktober 2020
Abstract Context There is an ongoing debate whether local biodiversity is declining and what might drive this change. Changes in land use and land cover (LULC) are suspected to impact local biodiversity. However, there is little evidence for LULC changes beyond the local scale to affect biodiversity across multiple functional groups of species, thus limiting our understanding of the causes of biodiversity change...
The ethics of isolation, the spread of pandemics, and landscape ecology
Donnerstag, 01. Oktober 2020
From disappearing climates to climate hubs, the five classes of climate risk for wildlife refuges
Donnerstag, 01. Oktober 2020
Abstract Context Climate change adaptive management strategies for isolated habitats such as wetlands are urgently needed. Conservation areas managed for wildlife refuges can be considered a network, permitting the tracking of current climate conditions within the network under projected future climates. Objectives We ask how many classes of...
Simulating spatial complexity in dry conifer forest restoration: implications for conservation prioritization and scenario evaluation
Donnerstag, 01. Oktober 2020
Abstract Context Several initiatives seek to increase the pace and scale of dry forest restoration and fuels reduction to enhance forest resilience to wildfire and other stressors while improving the quality and reliability of key ecosystem services. Ecological effects models are increasingly used to prioritize these efforts at the landscape-scale based on simulated treatment outcomes...
Individual-based modeling highlights the importance of mortality and landscape structure in measures of functional connectivity
Donnerstag, 01. Oktober 2020
Abstract Context Functional landscape connectivity is vital for the conservation of wildlife species. Landscape connectivity models often overlook factors such as mortality and asymmetry in landscape resistance that can have a significant impact on functional connectivity. Individual-based models (IBMs) can be used to explore such factors through the implementation of mechanistic dispersal behavior. Furthermore...
Exploring the common ground of landscape ecology and landscape archaeology through a case study from eastern Anatolia, Turkey
Mittwoch, 30. September 2020
Abstract Context Landscape archaeology has a lot to offer to landscape ecology, being an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes the study of long-term human–environment dynamics. Objectives We outline different conceptualizations of landscape in landscape archaeology and illustrate the potential of the approach for collaborating with landscape...
Multiscale effects of habitat and surrounding matrices on waterbird diversity in the Yangtze River Floodplain
Dienstag, 29. September 2020
Abstract Context With the expansion in urbanization, understanding how biodiversity responds to the altered landscape becomes a major concern. Most studies focus on habitat effects on biodiversity, yet much less attention has been paid to surrounding landscape matrices and their joint effects. Objective We investigated how habitat and landscape matrices...
The resilience of a floodplain vegetation landscape
Dienstag, 29. September 2020
Abstract Context Floodplains are complex adaptive ecosystems that provide an array of ecosystem services. Despite the growing focus on resilience as a fundamental feature of floodplain ecosystems, and as an aim in floodplain management, few studies have quantified the resilience of floodplain landscapes over meaningful timescales. Objectives This study...
Ecological networks in response to climate change and the human footprint in the Yangtze River Delta urban agglomeration, China
Montag, 28. September 2020
Abstract Context A continuous increase in human activity and drastic changes in the global climate have aggravated the loss and degree of fragmentation of natural habitats, thereby forcing various species to change their habitats to acquire suitable survival spaces. Objectives To investigate the potential impacts of climate change and human activity on...
Habitat suitability and connectivity modeling reveal priority areas for Indiana bat ( Myotis sodalis ) conservation in a complex habitat mosaic
Montag, 28. September 2020
Abstract Context Conservation for the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), a federally endangered species in the United States of America, is typically focused on local maternity sites; however, the species is a regional migrant, interacting with the environment at multiple spatial scales. Hierarchical levels of management may be necessary, but we have limited knowledge of landscape-level ecology, distribution, and connectivity of suitable...