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Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice

Pattern and Process


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Monica G. Turner, Robert H. Gardner
    Pages 1-32
  3. Monica G. Turner, Robert H. Gardner
    Pages 33-62
  4. Monica G. Turner, Robert H. Gardner
    Pages 63-95
  5. Monica G. Turner, Robert H. Gardner
    Pages 97-142
  6. Monica G. Turner, Robert H. Gardner
    Pages 143-174
  7. Monica G. Turner, Robert H. Gardner
    Pages 175-228
  8. Monica G. Turner, Robert H. Gardner
    Pages 229-285
  9. Monica G. Turner, Robert H. Gardner
    Pages 287-332
  10. Monica G. Turner, Robert H. Gardner
    Pages 333-381
  11. Monica G. Turner, Robert H. Gardner
    Pages 383-396
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 397-482

About this book


This work provides in-depth analysis of the origins of landscape ecology and its close alignment with the understanding of scale, the causes of landscape pattern, and the interactions of spatial pattern with a variety of ecological processes. The text covers the quantitative approaches that are applied widely in landscape studies, with emphasis on their appropriate use and interpretation.

The field of landscape ecology has grown rapidly during this period, its concepts and methods have matured, and the published literature has increased exponentially. Landscape research has enhanced understanding of the causes and consequences of spatial heterogeneity and how these vary with scale, and they have influenced the management of natural and human-dominated landscapes. Landscape ecology is now considered mainstream, and the approaches are widely used in many branches of ecology and are applied not only in terrestrial settings but also in aquatic and marine systems. In response to these rapid developments, an updated edition of Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice provides a synthetic overview of landscape ecology, including its development, the methods and techniques that are employed, the major questions addressed, and the insights that have been gained.”


Spatial heterogeneity habitat disturbance habitat models land-use change quantitative methods

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of ZoologyMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Center for Environmental ScienceUniversity of MarylandFrostburgUSA

About the authors

Monica G. Turner

Eugene P. Odum Professor of Ecology

Department of Zoology

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI 53706

Tel. 608-262-2592

Robert H. Gardner

Professor Emeritus

Appalachian Lab

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Frostburg, MD 21532

Tel. 707-230-5106

Bibliographic information


“The book is still structured in a series of chapters well arranged both for a thorough introduction to the field and for an upper-level undergraduate or graduate university course. Each chapter concludes with a set of discussion questions and suggestions for further reading. … I will be using this new edition in my landscape ecology class in the fall, and I suspect many others will be as well.” (Joshua J. Lawler, Ecology, Vol. 98 (8), August, 2017) 

“‘Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice’ is probably the most comprehensive and updated textbook in landscape ecology available today. It will provide a wonderful introduction to the core landscape principles and concepts for graduate and undergraduate students, but also for more experienced researchers and practitioners that need a review of the most relevant and recent knowledge in the field. This book will be useful not only to ecologists, but also for students from other fields … .” (Jean Paul Metzger, Landscape Ecology, Vol. 32, 2017)

“This much-revised second edition reflects the burgeoning literature and new ideas in the intervening years. … The book is primarily directed to students in ecology, but conservation biology, resource management, landscape architecture and land planning will also find topics of interest here. … it undoubtedly a fine piece of work by two leading ecologists that deserves to be read and savoured by anyone with an interest in the field of landscape ecology.” (The Bulletin, Vol. 47 (2), June, 2016)