Past, present and future of landscape ecology
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The year of 2007 marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) and the 20th anniversary of the founding of the journal, Landscape Ecology. In 1982, IALE was established in Piestany, Slovakia, primarily as a result of the concerted efforts by European ecologists and geographers to promote landscape research around the world. In 1987, Landscape Ecology—the official journal of IALE—was launched in cooperation with IALE as well as INTECOL (International Association for Ecology). Under the able and visionary leadership of the founding Editor-in-Chief, Frank B. Golley (Turner et al. 2007) and with the support of an elite group of editorial board members from Europe and North America, the journal started on a sound foundation.
The field of landscape ecology was born as an interdisciplinary science. Carl Troll (1939, 1971)envisioned landscape ecology as the integration between ecological and geographic disciplines, and defined...
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