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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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Disturbance and species composition drive canopy structure and distribution of large trees in Olympic rainforests, USA
Mittwoch, 08. April 2020
Abstract Context Western Olympic valley bottoms, disturbed by alluvial processes, are dominated by Picea sitchensis and isolated cohorts of Pseudotsuga menziesii, while upland contexts, disturbed by wind and fire, are dominated by P. menziesii. These forests have distinct structure and produce large trees with habitat for endangered birds. Objectives...
How do the green components of urban green infrastructure influence the use of ecosystem services? Examples from Leipzig, Germany
Montag, 06. April 2020
Abstract Context The pressure on remaining open spaces of urban green infrastructure (UGI) is high due to increasing urbanization and the multiple requirements of a diverse urban population. Thus, a good quality and high capacity for ecosystem services of UGI is crucial to support a good quality of life. Objectives This study analyses the influence of tree...
Regional variability in landscape effects on forest bird communities
Sonntag, 05. April 2020
Abstract Context Functional responses to landscape heterogeneity are context-dependent, hampering the transferability of landscape-scale conservation initiatives. Japan provides a unique opportunity to test for regional modification of landscape effects due to its broad temperature gradient, coincident with a gradient of historical disturbance intensity. Objectives...
Corridor width determines strength of edge influence on arthropods in conservation corridors
Samstag, 04. April 2020
Abstract Context In fragmented landscapes, edge influence (EI) can be an important driver of ecological change. Multiple edges can interact so that distance to the nearest edge is not an accurate predictor of EI, an issue referred to as ‘interactive EI’. This is especially important in conservation corridors, since their linear nature puts multiple edges in close proximity...
Comparing multi- and single-scale species distribution and abundance models built with the boosted regression tree algorithm
Donnerstag, 02. April 2020
Abstract Context Species are influenced by factors operating at multiple scales, but multi-scale species distribution and abundance models are rarely used. Though multi-scale species distribution models outperform single-scale models, when compared through model selection, multi- and single-scale models built with computer learning algorithms have not been compared. Objectives...
How intensive agricultural practices and flow regulation are threatening fish spawning habitats and their connectivity in the St. Lawrence River floodplain, Canada
Mittwoch, 01. April 2020
Abstract Context Hydrological and land use changes for human purposes, have resulted in the increased fragmentation of river landscapes and the loss of aquatic habitats, leading to profound changes in fish diversity and productivity. Objectives In the fluvial Lake Saint-Pierre (St. Lawrence River, Canada), we studied how agricultural practices and...
Marine connectivity in spatial conservation planning: analogues from the terrestrial realm
Mittwoch, 01. April 2020
Abstract Context Spatial prioritization is an analytical approach that can be used to provide decision support in spatial conservation planning (SCP), and in tasks such as conservation area network design, zoning, planning for impact avoidance or targeting of habitat management or restoration. Methods Based on literature, we summarize the role of...
Habitat fragmentation, livelihood behaviors, and contact between people and nonhuman primates in Africa
Mittwoch, 01. April 2020
Abstract Context Deforestation and landscape fragmentation have been identified as processes enabling direct transmission of zoonotic infections. Certain human behaviors provide opportunities for direct contact between humans and wild nonhuman primates (NHPs), but are often missing from studies linking landscape level factors and observed infectious diseases. Objectives...
Variation in parasitoid attraction to herbivore-infested plants and alternative host plant cover mediate tritrophic interactions at the landscape scale
Mittwoch, 01. April 2020
Abstract Context Tritrophic interactions may be affected by local factors and the broader landscape context. At small spatial scales, carnivorous enemies of herbivorous insects use herbivore-induced plant volatiles (HIPVs) to find herbivores, but it is unknown whether variation in plant attractiveness due to differential HIPV emission can enhance recruitment of carnivores from the wider landscape...
Sustainable land use and management research: a scientometric review
Abstract Context The study of sustainable land use reflects the interdisciplinary characteristics of land science, geography, ecology and sustainability science. In recent years, research on sustainable land use has rapidly increased in scope and speed around the world. Objectives To discuss the trends, research power distribution, key areas, research...
Fragmenting fragments: landscape genetics of a subterranean rodent (Mammalia, Ctenomyidae) living in a human-impacted wetland
Abstract Context Anthropogenic activities have detrimental impacts on natural habitats and the species inhabiting them. In particular, habitat fragmentation has a profound effect on the dynamics and structure of natural populations and the species’ probability of persistence. Objectives In this study, we examined which factors determine the population...
Landscape drivers of connectivity for a forest rodent in a coffee agroecosystem
Abstract Context The majority of remaining tropical forests exist as fragments embedded in a matrix of agricultural production. Understanding the effects of these agricultural landscapes on species dispersal is crucial in the development of successful conservation planning. Objective The objective of this study was to examine the influence of five landscape...
Contrasting effects of host crops and crop diversity on the abundance and parasitism of a specialist herbivore in agricultural landscapes
Abstract Context Landscape complexity affects herbivores in agroecosystems, but consequences on pest control services are variable. Carryover effects of landscape composition in previous years on herbivore control may be important, but have been seldom assessed. Understanding landscape complexity effects at different temporal and spatial scales is important to improve sustainable pest control services...
Coupling landscape graph modeling and biological data: a review
Abstract Context Landscape graphs are widely used to model networks of habitat patches. As they require little input data, they are particularly suitable for supporting conservation decisions (and decisions about other issues as e.g. disease spread) taken by land planners. However, it may be problematic to use these methods in operational contexts without validating them with empirical data on species or communities...
The Vjosa River corridor: a model of natural hydro-morphodynamics and a hotspot of highly threatened ecosystems of European significance
Abstract Context Large near-natural rivers have become rare in Europe, a fact reflected in the high conservation status of many riverine ecosystems. While the Balkan still harbors several intact river corridors, most of these are under pressure from planned hydropower constructions. Unfortunately, there is little information available on the hydromorphodynamics and biota of Balkan rivers under threat...
Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater: reappreciating the dynamic relationship between humans, machines, and landscape images
Abstract Context The observation of the earth by humans has advanced our understanding of the physical patterns and processes that shape the landscape. Over time, the act of scientific interpretation has transformed into one mediated through machines, creating distance between the observer and the observed. Machine learning is expanding this gap and transforming how we gain knowledge about the world. Raising the question is there...
Arthropod traits and assemblages differ between core patches, transient stepping-stones and landscape corridors
Abstract Context Restoring landscape connectivity can mitigate fragmentation and improve population resilience, but functional equivalence of contrasting elements is poorly understood. Evaluating biodiversity outcomes requires examining assemblage-responses across contrasting taxa. Objectives We compared arthropod species and trait composition between...
A sequential multi-level framework to improve habitat suitability modelling
Abstract Context Habitat suitability models (HSM) can improve our understanding of a species’ ecology and are valuable tools for informing landscape-scale decisions. We can increase HSM predictive accuracy and derive more realistic conclusions by taking a multi-scale approach. However, this process is often statistically complex and computationally intensive. Objectives...
Direct climate effects are more influential than functional composition in determining future gross primary productivity
Abstract Context Most future predictions of forest diversity and composition assume species will shift instantaneously. However, evidence suggests there will be considerable inertia between climate change and shifts in plant species distributions, for example due to resident communities resisting changes, the redistribution of resident species’ abundances, and dispersal limitation of species attempting to track preferred climates...
Global vulnerability of soil ecosystems to erosion
Abstract Context Soil erosion is one of the main threats driving soil degradation across the globe with important impacts on crop yields, soil biota, biogeochemical cycles, and ultimately human nutrition. Objectives Here, using an empirical model, we present a global and temporally explicit assessment of soil erosion risk according to recent (2001–2013...