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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. Below you'll find the most recentc articles published in Landscape Ecology:


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The historical use of fire as a land management tool in New Zealand and the challenges for its continued use
Mittwoch, 18. September 2019
Abstract Context New Zealand’s use of fire as a land management tool has had an extensive and lasting impact on New Zealand’s rural landscapes. Objectives We reviewed the historical rural use of fire by Māori and Europeans in NZ, discuss the challenges facing its future use as a land management tool and briefly compare with the international situation...
Functional responses to anthropogenic linear features in a complex predator-multi-prey system
Mittwoch, 18. September 2019
Abstract Context Anthropogenic linear features can have negative effects on wildlife by altering movements or increasing risk. Spatial responses to linear features vary depending on local conditions (functional responses), including linear feature availability. Several studies explored functional responses of wildlife to linear features, but few examined responses of multiple interacting species...
Does catchment geodiversity foster stream biodiversity?
Samstag, 14. September 2019
Abstract Context One approach to maintain the resilience of biotic communities is to protect the variability of abiotic characteristics of Earth’s surface, i.e. geodiversity. In terrestrial environments, the relationship between geodiversity and biodiversity is well recognized. In streams, the abiotic properties of upstream catchments influence stream communities, but the relationships between catchment geodiversity and aquatic...
Climate, competition and weather conditions drive vertical displacement and habitat use of an alpine ungulate in a highly topographic landscape
Samstag, 14. September 2019
Abstract Context Many species experience ecosystem changes due to alterations in climate or interspecific interactions. Animals’ optimal use of landscapes involves adjusting spatial displacement and habitat use according to weather or climate, however, competitive interactions may affect such behavioural responses. Species in alpine landscapes are already at their upper altitudinal range, which can limit behavioural response to...
Maximum air temperature controlled by landscape topography affects plant species composition in temperate forests
Samstag, 14. September 2019
Abstract Context Forest microclimates differ from regional macroclimates because forest canopies affect energy fluxes near the ground. However, little is known about the environmental drivers of understorey temperature heterogeneity and its effects on species assemblages, especially at landscape scales. Objectives We aimed to identify which temperature...
A multi-indicator spatial similarity approach for evaluating ecological restoration scenarios
Freitag, 13. September 2019
Abstract Context The greater Everglades region in Florida (USA) is an area of wetlands that has been altered and reduced to 50% of its original area and faces multiple threats. Spatial landscape analysis can help guide a large and complex ecosystem restoration process, involving billions of dollars and multiple groups of stakeholders. Objectives To guide...
The homogenizing influence of agriculture on forest bird communities at landscape scales
Freitag, 13. September 2019
Abstract Context Agricultural expansion is a principal driver of biodiversity loss, but the impacts on community assembly in agro-ecosystems are less clear, especially across regional scales at which agricultural policies are applied. Objectives Using forest-breeding birds, we (1) tested whether increased agricultural coverage resulted in species...
Multi-scale niche modeling of three sympatric felids of conservation importance in central Iran
Freitag, 13. September 2019
Abstract Context Carnivores in the central Iranian plateau have experienced considerable declines in their populations during the last century. Ecological niche models can inform conservation efforts aimed at increasing the suitability of carnivore habitat by providing valuable information on the scale-dependent relationships between species and their environment. Objectives...
Simulating forest cover change in the northeastern U.S.: decreasing forest area and increasing fragmentation
Freitag, 13. September 2019
Abstract Context Understanding how the Northern Forest landscape has changed and is likely to change, both in terms of forest extent and forest configuration, has important implications for management. Objectives We examined historical changes in forest pattern and extent to: (1) characterize recent forest cover change and potential drivers of that change...
Historical changes in land use influence current habitat preferences of large herbivores
Donnerstag, 12. September 2019
Abstract Context Predicting habitat use patterns is a key issue in the management of large herbivore populations. Particularly, indicators providing a model of the spatial distribution of a population in a simple way, without the necessity of laborious field research, are still being sought. Analysis of historical landscape changes can be one of such predictive tools...
Mapping landscape connectivity for large spatial extents
Mittwoch, 11. September 2019
Abstract Context Mapping landscape connectivity across large spatial extents is an important component of ecological reserve network designs and species recovery plans. It can, however, be limited by computational power. One way to overcome this problem is to split the study area into smaller tiles, map landscape connectivity within each of those tiles, and then merge tiles back together to form composite connectivity maps...
Partitioning spatial, environmental, and community drivers of ecosystem functioning
Freitag, 06. September 2019
Abstract Context Community composition, environmental variation, and spatial structuring can influence ecosystem functioning, and ecosystem service delivery. While the role of space in regulating ecosystem functioning is well recognised in theory, it is rarely considered explicitly in empirical studies. Objectives We evaluated the role of spatial...
Demonstrating a conceptual model for multispecies landscape pattern indices in landscape conservation
Freitag, 06. September 2019
Abstract Context Our ability to understand the implications of prescriptions for landscape change (i.e., conservation actions) is constrained by the scopes of spatial pattern indices employed to describe landscapes. Most indices are suited for use with a single species or habitat, but the consequences of conservation actions are inherently multispecies. Hence, indices that incorporate information for multiple species are desirable...
Small-scale natural landscape features and seabird nesting sites: the importance of geodiversity for conservation
Dienstag, 03. September 2019
Abstract Context Landscape geodiversity, and in particular small natural features (SNF), are crucial components of habitat suitability for many threatened species. Rocky cliffs at the sea-continent interface present complex small-scale geomorphologies which are exploited by nesting seabirds. Objectives Elucidation of the relation between nest-site...
Temperate zone coastal seascapes: seascape patterning and adjacent seagrass habitat shape the distribution of rocky reef fish assemblages
Freitag, 30. August 2019
Abstract Context Whilst the composition and arrangement of habitats within landscape mosaics are known to be important determinants of biodiversity patterns, the influence of seascape patterning and connectivity on temperate reef fish assemblages remains largely unknown. Objectives We examined how habitat patterns at multiple spatial scales (100–1000 m...
Environmental justice and park quality in an intermountain west gateway community: assessing the spatial autocorrelation
Donnerstag, 29. August 2019
Abstract Context Research on environmental justice issues, particularly unequal park distribution and quality, has found that communities’ minority density and socioeconomic status (SES) are often correlated with disparate park qualities. However, most studies of spatial relationships between park quality and socioeconomic factors employ simple statistical analyses, which do not account for potential spatial autocorrelations and...
Are protected areas preserving ecosystem services and biodiversity? Insights from Mediterranean forests and shrublands
Donnerstag, 29. August 2019
Abstract Context Protected areas (PAs) are essential for biodiversity conservation and the provision of ecosystem services (ES), representing 15% of the earth’s surface and targeted to increase until 17% by 2020. But previous studies showed different results on the effectiveness of PAs in preserving ES and biodiversity, which has implications for landscape conservation...
Hierarchical variation in cellulose decomposition in least-disturbed reference streams: a multi-season study using the cotton strip assay
Mittwoch, 28. August 2019
Abstract Context Decomposition of organic matter dictates productivity of headwater streams in forested biomes. However, the hierarchical structure of stream ecosystems entails that research aimed at understanding patterns and drivers of decomposition incorporate multiple spatio-temporal scales. Objectives We assessed spatio-temporal patterns of cellulose...
Describing and analyzing landscape patterns: where are we now, and where are we going?
Montag, 26. August 2019
Carnivore community response to anthropogenic landscape change: species-specificity foils generalizations
Montag, 26. August 2019
Abstract Context Human exploitation of landscapes result in widespread species range loss and spatial community redistribution. Reduced species occupancy for large ranging terrestrial carnivore communities in disturbed or fragmented landscapes is a common outcome but the underlying mechanisms are ambiguous and the complexity of interacting mechanisms often under-appreciated...