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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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Future transitions from a conifer to a deciduous-dominated landscape are accelerated by greater wildfire activity and climate change in interior Alaska
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2023
Abstract Context In interior Alaska, increasing wildfire activity associated with climate change is projected to continue, potentially altering regional forest composition. Conifers are emblematic of boreal forest; however, greater frequency and severity of wildfires has been found to favor broadleaf-deciduous species in numerous studies. Objectives...
Impacts of future urban expansion on natural habitats will intensify in China: scenario analysis with the improved LUSD-urban model
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2023
Abstract Context Evaluating the impacts of future urban expansion on natural habitats in China is important for achieving sustainable development goals. However, existing models cannot reliably and effectively simulate future urban expansion in China, which causes great uncertainties in evaluating the impacts of future urban expansion on natural habitats...
Proportion of forest area burned at high-severity increases with increasing forest cover and connectivity in western US watersheds
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2023
Abstract Context In western US forests, the increasing frequency of large high-severity fires presents challenges for society. Quantifying how fuel conditions influence high-severity area is important for managing risks of large high-severity fires and understanding how they are changing with climate change. Fuel availability and heterogeneity influence high-severity fire probability, but heterogeneity is insensitive to some...
Translating stakeholder narratives for participatory modeling in landscape ecology
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2023
Abstract Context Engaging stakeholders in research is needed for many of the sustainability challenges that landscape ecologists address. Involving stakeholders’ perspectives through narratives in participatory modeling fosters better understanding of the problem and evaluation of the acceptability of tradeoffs and creates buy-in for management actions. However, stakeholder-driven inputs often take the form of complex...
Impacts of anthropogenic land transformation on species-specific habitat amount, fragmentation, and connectivity in the Adirondack-to-Laurentians (A2L) transboundary wildlife linkage between 2000 and 2015: Implications for conservation and ecological restoration
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2023
Abstract Context The Adirondack-to-Laurentians (A2L) transboundary wildlife linkage is one of three north–south movement linkages that connect natural areas in northeastern USA and southeastern Canada. This region still retains habitats of high ecological integrity and biodiversity; however, anthropogenic land transformation may be putting transboundary connectivity at risk...
Does land-use and land cover affect vector-borne diseases? A systematic review and meta-analysis
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2023
Abstract Context Vector-borne diseases (VBD) are a worldwide public health problem for humans and wildlife. 'Global Change' such as habitat alteration and land-use intensification, biotic exchange, the introduction of invasive alien species, and climate change have all been linked to an increased occurrence of VBDs. Objectives To evaluate the...
New methods for quantifying the effects of catchment spatial patterns on aquatic responses
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2023
Abstract Context Previous studies developed distance-weighted regression to describe how land use effects on aquatic systems attenuate with arrangement of source areas within catchments. Objectives We clarify and extend the conceptual foundations of this approach, enhance the spatial and statistical methods, and provide new tools to interpret...
A framework for linking dispersal biology to connectivity across landscapes
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2023
Abstract Context Dispersal typically consists of three components—departure, transience and settlement—each of which can be influenced by the landscape. A fundamental aspect of dispersal is the dispersal kernel, which describes how the likelihood of settlement varies as a function of the distance from the departure location. Dispersal concepts are often closely connected to the interpretation of landscape connectivity, yet...
Forest heterogeneity outweighs movement costs by enhancing hunting success and reproductive output in California spotted owls
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2023
Abstract Context The concept of landscape heterogeneity is central to species conservation; yet understanding the processes by which heterogeneity affects species can be challenging in practice. Complex and sometimes difficult-to-measure responses of species may reflect the outcome of life-history trade-offs shaped by different landscape properties. Objectives...
Uncertainties in research between urban landscape and air quality: summary, demonstration, and expectation
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2023
Abstract Context Intensive human activities induced by urban development shift the air quality of the urban area and its nearby regions. Thus, research has acknowledged that air quality is attributed to the composition of the urban landscape. The urban landscape metric has been correlated with air pollutant concentrations but has been found in different studies to have both a negative and a positive relationship. Thus, many...
Floral identity and availability along with surrounding landscapes affect pollinator communities in eastern Tennessee
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2023
Abstract Context Anthropogenic land use can significantly alter insect communities and may threaten services provided by beneficial flower-visiting insects. However, the plant community composition may interact with surrounding land use to affect insects in a way that is not well understood. Objectives Our goal was to disentangle the effect of...
Simulation-based insights into community uniqueness within fragmented landscapes
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2023
Abstract Context Local contribution to beta-diversity (LCBD) assesses community composition uniqueness of sites within a region. While it is useful to identify sites with exceptional species composition and, thus, prioritize conservation actions, it is unclear what determines community uniqueness in patchy habitats. Objectives The goal of this...
Bee movement between natural fragments is rare despite differences in species, patch, and matrix variables
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2023
Abstract Context Persistence of organisms in fragmented landscapes often depends on the ability of individuals to move between habitat patches. This movement can be limited by variables of the species, patch, and/or matrix, but we often lack a comprehensive understanding of the relative importance of each of the variables and their interactions. As central place foragers, bees need to move to access resources, but we have a...
Long-term stability of temperate Australian wet forest-moorland mosaics despite recurrent fires associated with late Holocene climate change
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2023
Abstract Context The primary factors(s) responsible for the maintenance of Alternative biome states (ABS) in world forest biomes remains unclear and debatable, partly due to insufficient long-term ecological data from suitable ecosystem sites. The occurrence of moorland in southern and western Tasmanian wet temperate forest presents a suitable setting to test for ABS and understand the main stabilizing factors of ABS...
Resetting the baseline: using machine learning to find lost meadows
Sonntag, 01. Oktober 2023
Abstract Context Mountain meadows occur in specific geomorphological conditions where low-gradient topography promotes fine sediment accumulation and high groundwater tables. Over 150 years of human-caused hydrological degradation of meadows along with fire suppression has resulted in decreased groundwater elevations and encroachment of upland vegetation, greatly diminishing the ecological value of meadows for water storage...
Remote sensing in landscape ecology
Mittwoch, 27. September 2023
Climate change and climate niche shift equally attribute to the northwest range expansion of Asian house rats under intensified human activities
Mittwoch, 27. September 2023
Abstract Context The earth is experiencing accelerated global change which has significantly altered the range distribution of species which would bring serious ecological problems, but the distinctive roles of climate change, human activity, and climate niche shift in the range shift of species have been rarely quantified, especially in the spatial-temporal scale. Objectives...
Landscape anthropization explains the genetic structure of an endemic Mexican bird (Thryophilus sinaloa: Troglodytidae) across the tropical dry forest biodiversity hotspot
Dienstag, 26. September 2023
Abstract Context Tropical dry forests (TDFs) are one of the richest and also one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world due to anthropization. In Mexico, only a minimal proportion of TDF is conserved in protected areas, typically surrounded by human-modified landscapes. Habitat modification can impact gene flow, affecting the populations’ genetic structure, and ultimately, the long-term persistence of natural populations...
Genetic signals of local adaptation in a desert rodent that occupies diverse climates and plant communities
Freitag, 22. September 2023
Abstract Context Environmental heterogeneity across species distributions creates diverse conditions that individual populations encounter. As a result, local selective pressures vary across a species range, leading to individual populations becoming locally adapted and therefore better suited to their environment. Recent advances in genomics and bioinformatics allow us to identify genetic signatures of selection...
Land use change rather than surrounding vegetation affects fungal endophyte assemblages in the African wild olive
Freitag, 22. September 2023
Abstract Context Land use change can significantly affect plant-fungal interactions. Objectives We assessed how fungal endophytes within African wild olive (Olea europaea subsp. cuspidata) twigs are influenced by different levels of land use change and differences in surrounding vegetation types...