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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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Cross-scale effects of land use on the functional composition of herbivorous insect communities
Montag, 15. Juli 2019
Abstract Context Insect herbivores comprise the majority of macroinvertebrate communities of temperate grasslands and act as drivers for important ecosystem functions. Landscape- and local-level land use may alter species pools and dispersal possibilities and act as local environmental filters, affecting insect trait composition. Objectives While...
Small but critical: semi-natural habitat fragments promote bee abundance in cotton agroecosystems across both Brazil and the United States
Donnerstag, 11. Juli 2019
Abstract Context Bees are the most important pollinators of crops worldwide. For most bees, patches of semi-natural habitat within or adjacent to crops can provide important nesting and food resources. Despite this, land cover change is rapidly reducing the abundance of semi-natural habitat within agroecological landscapes, with potentially negative consequences for bee communities and the services they provide...
The scale of saproxylic beetles response to landscape structure depends on their habitat stability
Dienstag, 09. Juli 2019
Abstract Context Forest management and disturbances cause habitat fragmentation for saproxylic species living on old-growth attributes. The degree of habitat spatiotemporal continuity required by these species is a key question for designing biodiversity-friendly forestry, and it strongly depends on species’ dispersal. The “stability–dispersal” model predicts that species using stable habitats should have lower dispersal...
Disturbance has benefits as well as costs for fragmented populations of a cryptic grassland reptile
Dienstag, 09. Juli 2019
Abstract Context Conservation practitioners face complex decisions about the management of spatial and temporal disturbance regimes when disturbance plays a significant role in the dynamics of fragmented populations. This is particularly so if disturbance events have negative short-term consequences but are necessary for maintaining habitat quality in the longer term...
Landscape-level naturalness of conservation easements in a mixed-use matrix
Montag, 08. Juli 2019
Abstract Context With underrepresentation of habitats in publicly protected areas, attention has focused on the function of alternative land conservation mechanisms. Private conservation easements (CEs) have proliferated in the United States, yet assessing landscape-level function is confounded by varying extent, resolution, and temporal scale. Objectives...
Latitude-enhanced species-area relationships for conservation planning
Montag, 01. Juli 2019
Abstract Context Species-area relationship models are useful in conservation planning; however these models could be strengthened with the addition of a latitudinal factor. Objectives We built latitude-enhanced species-area relationship models to predict species richness for a variety of common taxa in the eastern United States at local to regional scales...
Three dimensional (3D) spatial metrics for objects
Freitag, 28. Juni 2019
Abstract Context The increasing availability of lidar data and structure from motion processing techniques is moving pattern metric research toward the development of three-dimensional (3D) analysis. There is a need to develop spatial pattern metrics that leverage 3D datasets, such as those derived from lidar or unmanned aircraft systems technology, that are meaningful and interpretable across landscape contexts...
Identifying win–win situations in agricultural landscapes: an integrated ecosystem services assessment for Spain
Samstag, 22. Juni 2019
Abstract Context European agricultural landscapes are facing contradictory phenomena in that some areas are experiencing unsustainable land-use intensification while others are being abandoned. Specifically, agricultural intensification is increasing resulting in numerous negative environmental impacts on European soils, water and biodiversity; increased crop ecological footprints; and creation of social conflicts and inequalities...
Bats respond negatively to increases in the amount and homogenization of agricultural land cover
Mittwoch, 19. Juni 2019
Abstract Context Agricultural intensification has led to widespread declines in biodiversity. An important component of agricultural intensification in many regions, including eastern Ontario, is the shift from grazing lands and perennial forage crops to annual row crops, with associated increases in use of pesticides. Objectives We predicted that bat...
Place-based landscape services and potential of participatory spatial planning in multifunctional rural landscapes in Southern highlands, Tanzania
Dienstag, 18. Juni 2019
Abstract Context Local scale assessments of ecosystem/landscape services in Africa are insufficient and lack relevance in landscape management. Also, few studies have explored the potential benefits of PGIS/PPGIS approaches for landscape management and stewardship among the participating stakeholders. Objectives Our aim is (1) to establish an understanding...
Information theory as a consistent framework for quantification and classification of landscape patterns
Dienstag, 18. Juni 2019
Abstract Context Quantitative grouping of similar landscape patterns is an important part of landscape ecology due to the relationship between a pattern and an underlying ecological process. One of the priorities in landscape ecology is a development of the theoretically consistent framework for quantifying, ordering and classifying landscape patterns. Objective...
Multi-scale mapping of cultural ecosystem services in a socio-ecological landscape: A case study of the international Wadden Sea Region
Montag, 10. Juni 2019
Abstract Context The governance of international natural World Heritage sites is extremely challenging. In the search for effective multilevel governance there is a need to identify the community of people which have place attachment to the areas, i.e. ‘the community of fans’ at local to international levels. Objectives Focusing on the landscape of the...
How multiple and interacting disturbances shape tree diversity in European mountain landscapes
Samstag, 01. Juni 2019
Abstract Context The relationship between disturbances and diversity remains uncertain, especially in forest landscapes where large spatial extents need to be considered, dynamics are slow, and disturbance interactions are common. Objectives To analyse the individual and combined effects of ungulate browsing and wind disturbance on tree...
Engaging stakeholders to assess landscape sustainability
Samstag, 01. Juni 2019
Abstract Context There is widespread consensus about the need for landscape sustainability but little agreement about how to define or measure it. Objectives The aim of the paper is to present a systematic approach for measuring progress toward landscape sustainability goals...
Contrasting use of habitat, landscape elements, and corridors by grey wolf and golden jackal in central Iran
Samstag, 01. Juni 2019
Abstract Context Increasing carnivore–human conflict has threatened the survival of many carnivore species, thus evaluating habitat requirements, landscape connectivity and the protection of biological corridors is critical to guide conservation of carnivores. Objectives We evaluated the suitability of study landscape for grey wolf and...
Local habitat association does not inform landscape management of threatened birds
Samstag, 01. Juni 2019
Abstract Context Species that use open patches in forested landscapes often select clearcuts. However, it is unknown whether local associations with clearcuts translate to an effect of clearcut amount in the surrounding landscape on occupancy or abundance at local sites. This question is important because forest management decisions are made at landscape scales...
Landscape genetic evaluation of a tallgrass prairie corridor using the Greater Prairie-chicken ( Tympanuchus cupido )
Samstag, 01. Juni 2019
Abstract Context We studied current functional connectivity along a developing grassland corridor in the Midwestern U.S. and focused on connectivity for Greater Prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus cupido). Greater Prairie-chickens are an area-sensitive species that rely on grasslands and are an indicator species for the tallgrass prairie ecosystem in North America. The coordinated multi-agency Prairie Landscape Conservation Plan is...
An operational machine learning approach to predict mosquito abundance based on socioeconomic and landscape patterns
Samstag, 01. Juni 2019
Abstract Context Socioeconomic and landscape factors influence mosquito abundance especially in urban areas. Few studies addressed how socioeconomic and landscape factors, especially at micro-scale for mosquito life history, determine mosquito abundance. Objectives We aim to predict mosquito abundance based on socioeconomic and/or landscape...
Assessing spatial temporal patterns of ecosystem services in Switzerland
Samstag, 01. Juni 2019
Abstract Context Despite the importance of understanding the historical dynamics of ecosystem services (ES), little research has focused on a historical, spatially explicit, assessment of ES supply. Objectives This research is aimed at understanding the spatial patterns and potential drivers of temporal variations of ES supply. It has assessed...
Landscape structure mediates zoochorous-dispersed seed rain under isolated pasture trees across distinct tropical regions
Samstag, 01. Juni 2019
Abstract Context Isolated pasture trees play an important role in forest recovery within fragmented tropical landscapes by attracting seed dispersers and facilitating seedling growth. However, studies with conflicting results have led to confusion about what drives variation in zoochorous-dispersed seed rain patterns under isolated tree canopies. Objectives...