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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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Correction to: Grassland fragmentation affects declining tallgrass prairie birds most where large amounts of grassland remain
Dienstag, 12. Januar 2021
In the original publication of the article, Table 1 was published incorrectly. The level of significance for the modelled fixed effect of grassland edge density on Grasshopper Sparrow occurrence was omitted from the published table. Grassland edge density had a significant negative effect on Grasshopper Sparrow occurrence (β = − 0.71, standard error = 0.09, p < 0.001). The corrected version of Table 1 is shown below.
Optimization of spatial scale, but not functional shape, affects the performance of habitat suitability models: a case study of tigers ( Panthera tigris ) in Thailand
Dienstag, 12. Januar 2021
Abstract Context Species habitat suitability models rarely incorporate multiple spatial scales or functional shapes of a species’ response to covariates. Optimizing models for these factors may produce more robust, reliable, and informative habitat suitability models, which can be beneficial for the conservation of rare and endangered species, such as tigers (Panthera tigris...
Resilience of trees and the vulnerability of grasslands to climate change in temperate Australian wetlands
Dienstag, 12. Januar 2021
Abstract Objectives Observations from wetlands across the globe suggest a consistent pattern of woody encroachment into wetland grasslands, altering habitat structure and ecological function. The extent to which hydrological changes have contributed to woody invasion of wetland grasslands is unclear. Our objective was to compare rates of woody encroachment in Australian floodplain wetlands between wet and dry hydrological phases. We...
Temporal changes in songbird vocalizations associated with helicopter noise in Hawai'i's protected natural areas
Dienstag, 12. Januar 2021
Abstract Context Anthropogenic noise is relatively new to natural soundscapes and may have adverse effects on acoustically active species. In birds, adverse effects include changes in vocalization patterns. Helicopters and songbirds are ubiquitous in protected natural areas but the effect of helicopter noise on songbirds has never been assessed. Objectives...
Valleys of fire: historical fire regimes of forest-grassland ecotones across the montane landscape of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico, USA
Dienstag, 12. Januar 2021
Abstract Context Montane grasslands and forest-grassland ecotones are unique and dynamic components of many landscapes, but the processes that regulate their dynamics are difficult to observe over ecologically relevant time spans. Objectives We aimed to demonstrate the efficacy of using grassland-forest ecotone trees to reconstruct spatial and temporal...
Wasserstein metric-based Boltzmann entropy of a landscape mosaic: a clarification, correction, and evaluation of thermodynamic consistency
Dienstag, 12. Januar 2021
Abstract Context Boltzmann entropy, also called thermodynamic entropy, has long been suggested and recently reemphasized as a basis for achieving a profound understanding of landscape dynamics with thermodynamic insights. The difficulty in practically applying this entropy lies in its computation with landscapes, and many solutions have attempted to address this. The latest solution for landscape mosaics is the Wasserstein...
Agonistic behavioural asymmetry in two species of montane lizard that exhibit elevational replacement
Dienstag, 12. Januar 2021
Abstract Context In montane systems, closely related species tend to segregate spatially along elevational gradients. The role of biotic interactions, relative to species physiological requirements, in maintaining these distribution patterns is an important question in spatial ecology. Theory suggests that the role of interspecific competition can be significant in the maintenance of elevation replacement distributions. Despite this...
A multistep approach to improving connectivity and co-use of spatial ecological networks in cities
Dienstag, 12. Januar 2021
Abstract Context Ecological networks are systems of interconnected components that support biodiversity, ecological processes and ecosystem services. Such structures play a crucial role for nature conservation and people well-being in anthropogenic landscapes. Assessing connectivity by using efficient models and metrics is a sine qua non condition to preserve and improve appropriately these ecological networks...
Spatial patterns of tree cover change at a dry forest margin are driven by initial conditions, water balance and wildfire
Dienstag, 12. Januar 2021
Abstract Context Increases in tree cover at dry forest margins are a global phenomenon. Yet, how pre-existing tree cover interacts with terrain and water balance to influence tree cover change is not well-understood, nor whether subsequent disturbances restore prior tree cover patterns or create novel patterns. Objectives To assess how terrain, water...
LiDAR-derived three-dimensional ecological connectivity mapping for urban bird species
Montag, 04. Januar 2021
Abstract Context Although many studies have considered urban structure when investigating urban ecological networks, few have considered the three-dimensional (3D) structure of buildings as well as urban green spaces. Airborne LiDAR datasets provide an opportunity to quantify 3D structure and evaluate 3D metrics in connectivity mapping. Objectives We...
From landscape ecology to forest landscape restoration
Sonntag, 03. Januar 2021
Abstract Context Forest landscape restoration (FLR) was first defined in 2000 and has emerged from several disciplines, including conservation biology and landscape ecology. As it has gained in popularity, it is useful to go back to its origins and explore its similarities and differences with the discipline of landscape ecology. Objective This article aims...
Landscape forest loss decreases aboveground biomass of Neotropical forests patches in moderately disturbed regions
Samstag, 02. Januar 2021
Abstract Context Tropical forests are great reservoirs of carbon but they still suffer high rates of deforestation despite their importance. Yet, large uncertainty remains about the effects of landscape-level forest loss on biomass of forest remnants, and how these effects vary with disturbance intensity at larger regional scales. Objectives We evaluated...
Scale-dependent habitat use from an individual-based perspective: the case of the endangered Darwin’s fox living in heterogeneous forest landscapes
Samstag, 02. Januar 2021
Abstract Context Understanding how rare and threatened species respond to habitat heterogeneity at different spatial scales requires unbiased population-level parameters incorporating individual variability in occurrence and detection probabilities. Objectives We used a Bayesian approach integrating capture-recapture data into an occupancy framework. We...
Life history mediates the effects of habitat variation on salamander abundance: a multiscale assessment
Samstag, 02. Januar 2021
Abstract Context The conservation of aquatic and semi-aquatic species is dependent on our understanding of species responses to fine and broad-scale habitat heterogeneity. This is particularly true for species of semi-aquatic salamanders, which show dramatic differences in life history strategies. To better conserve salamander biodiversity, it is therefore important to identify how species within stream communities respond to...
The use of transects for resilient design: core theories and contemporary projects
Samstag, 02. Januar 2021
Abstract Context The concept of the transect is derived from a scientific method of investigating a sequence of environments by sampling geographical cross-sections of the target region. Many environmental theorists, including Patrick Geddes and Ian McHarg, have adopted the transect to pursue an ideal relationship between nature and human settlement. Transect planning provides an essential perspective on and transdisciplinary...
Restoring steppe landscapes: patterns, drivers and implications in Russia’s steppes
Montag, 28. Dezember 2020
Abstract Context Agricultural land abandonment across the steppe belt of Eurasia has provided an opportunity for the restoration of steppe landscapes in recent decades. However, global food demands are about to revert this trajectory and put restored steppe landscapes at risk. Objectives We analysed steppe development in southern Russia in the last...
Linking food systems and landscape sustainability in the Mediterranean region
Dienstag, 08. Dezember 2020
Abstract Context Global dynamics affect the sustainability of agricultural landscapes, but these cross-scale connections are understudied. Therefore, we combine food systems and landscape ecology, focusing on food products that provide a linkage between global consumers and landscapes of production (e.g., Douro Valley wine) which we call landscape products. Objective...
Maintaining natural and traditional cultural green infrastructures across Europe: learning from historic and current landscape transformations
Montag, 07. Dezember 2020
Abstract Context Maintaining functional green infrastructures (GIs) require evidence-based knowledge about historic and current states and trends of representative land cover types. Objectives We address: (1) the long-term loss and transformation of potential natural forest vegetation; (2) the effects of site productivity on permanent forest loss and...
Woody plant species diversity as a predictor of ecosystem services in a social–ecological system of southwestern Ethiopia
Freitag, 04. Dezember 2020
Abstract Context Human-dominated landscapes in the tropics need to be managed for biodiversity and the maintenance of ecosystem services (ES). Nevertheless, integrating both biodiversity conservation and ES management remains a challenge. Objectives This study aimed to quantify woody plant species diversity and associated ES in farmland and forests, and...
How to consider history in landscape ecology: patterns, processes, and pathways
Donnerstag, 03. Dezember 2020
Abstract Context Landscape ecology early on developed the awareness that central objects of investigation are not stable over time and therefore the historical dimension must be included, or at least considered. Objectives This paper considers the importance of history in landscape ecology in terms of its impact on patterns and processes and proposes to...