Learning Landscape Ecology

A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques

  • Sarah E. Gergel
  • Monica G. Turner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction and Concepts of Scale

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert V. O’Neill, Mark A. Smith
      Pages 1-8
    3. Sarah E. Gergel, Monica G. Turner, David J. Mladenoff
      Pages 9-16
    4. Joshua D. Greenberg, Miles G. Logsdon, Jerry F. Franklin
      Pages 17-31
  3. Models and Causes of Landscape Pattern

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Dean L. Urban, David O. Wallin
      Pages 35-48
    3. Eric J. Gustafson
      Pages 49-61
    4. Hazel R. Delcourt
      Pages 62-82
  4. Quantifying Landscape Pattern

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Jeffrey A. Cardille, Monica G. Turner
      Pages 85-100
    3. Joshua D. Greenberg, Sarah E. Gergel, Monica G. Turner
      Pages 101-111
    4. Robert H. Gardner, Steven Walters
      Pages 112-128
  5. Disturbance Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Monica G. Turner, Daniel B. Tinker, Sarah E. Gergel, F. Stuart Chapin III
      Pages 147-165
    3. Garry D. Peterson
      Pages 166-183
  6. Organism Response to Landscape Pattern

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Scott M. Pearson
      Pages 199-207
    3. John B. Dunning Jr., David J. Stewart, Jianguo Liu
      Pages 228-245
  7. Ecosystem Processes at Broad Scales

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Linda L. Wallace, Steve T. Gray
      Pages 249-265
    3. Sarah E. Gergel, Tara Reed-Andersen
      Pages 266-277
  8. Applied Landscape Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Stanley A. Temple, John R. Cary
      Pages 281-292
    3. Dean L. Urban
      Pages 293-305
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 307-316

About this book


Landscape ecology continues to grow as an exciting, dynamic ecological d- cipline. With its broadscale emphasis and multidisciplinary approach, la- scape ecology lends itself both to basic research and to applications in land management, land-use planning, wildlife management, ecosystem mana- ment, and conservation biology. Landscape ecology makes a unique cont- bution to the scientific community in its attention to ecological dynamics across a broad range of spatial and temporal scales, and as a result it has - come increasingly important for students in the natural sciences to gain a - sic understanding of the subject. Colleges and universities across the United States are incorporating courses in landscape ecology into their curricula. However, nearly every book on landscape ecology is a book to be read, la- ing a hands-on approach. This text is intended to fill that void by providing a comprehensive collection of landscape ecology laboratory exercises. These teaching exercises stress the fundamental concepts of landscape ec- ogy, rather than highly specialized, technical methods. While students will gain experience using a variety of tools commonly used in landscape ecology, we stress the conceptual understanding necessary to use these techniques app- priately. This book attempts to convey the myriad approaches used by la- scape ecologists (as well as a multitude of approaches to teaching) and include group discussion, thought problems, fieldwork, data analysis, spatial data c- lection, exposure to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), simulation m- eling, analysis of landscape metrics, spatial statistics, and written exercises.


ecology ecosystem ecosystem processes landscape ecology modeling population dynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • Sarah E. Gergel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Monica G. Turner
    • 3
  1. 1.National Center for Ecological Analysis and SynthesisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Forest SciencesUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Department of ZoologyUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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