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Learning Landscape Ecology: A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques

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By: Sarah E Gergel(Editor), Monica G Turner(Editor)

347 pages, 25 colour & 39 b/w photos and illustrations


Paperback | Oct 2016 | Edition: 2 | #229150 | ISBN-13: 9781493963720
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Learning Landscape Ecology meets a great demand for training in spatial analysis tools accessible to a wide audience. Landscape ecology continues to grow as an exciting discipline with much to offer for solving pressing and emerging problems in environmental science. Much of the strength of landscape ecology lies in its ability to address challenges over large areas, over spatial and temporal scales at which decision-making often occurs. As the world tackles issues related to sustainability and global change, the need for this broad perspective has only increased. Furthermore, spatial data and spatial analysis (core methods in landscape ecology) are critical for analyzing land-cover changes world-wide. While spatial dynamics have long been fundamental to terrestrial conservation strategies, land management and reserve design, mapping and spatial themes are increasingly recognized as important for ecosystem management in aquatic, coastal and marine systems.

This second edition is purposefully more applied and international in its examples, approaches, perspectives and contributors. It includes new advances in quantifying landscape structure and connectivity (such as graph theory), as well as labs that incorporate the latest scientific understanding of ecosystem services, resilience, social-ecological landscapes, and even seascapes. Of course, as before, the exercises emphasize easy-to-use, widely available software.

From the reviews: "This book exhaustively covers current methods and techniques in landscape ecology. It is a compendium of contributed chapters from a list of well-recognized researchers ! . It is specifically designed as a laboratory manual for university students ! . A unique benefit of this book is an accompanying CD-ROM containing associated material for use with each laboratory ! . It is likely to be the best currently available resource for anyone interested in learning about or teaching landscape ecology methods at the university level." (Robert G. Deon, Environmental Conservation, Vol. 30 (1), 2003) "There is currently no lab manual of landscape ecology that covers the breadth of topics of this book. ! This book is written for advanced undergraduate or graduate students (and their professors!). ! User-friendly, step-by-step exercises are the heart of this book. ! An accompanying CD-ROM contains necessary program and data files. ! Each step in each exercise is laid out explicitly, making the exercises practically foolproof. ! For a highly applied discipline like landscape ecology, a book like this is a valuable resource ! ." (Nancy E. McIntyre, Ecology, Vol. 83 (7), 2002) "The authors have recognised that despite the growth of landscape ecology courses, nearly every book is a textbook, lacking a hands-on-approach. This text is designed to fill that void by providing a collection of landscape ecology exercises ! . A variety of approaches are presented: group discussions, thought problems, written exercises and modelling. A CD-ROM that comes with the book contains the spatial data sets and modelling software for use with the exercises, and should run on most PC's." (Bulletin of the British Ecological Society, Vol. 33 (3), 2002) "Exploring current landscape issues and resource management, this book is organised into nine sections comprising 20 chapters ! . Each of the chapters consists of practical advice and exercises to complete. This book also includes a CD-ROM which includes spatial data sets, software and spreadsheets needed for the practical exercises. This guide provides essential information for students and practitioners of landscape ecology." (Landscape Design, July, 2002)


Advice for Instructors

Chapter 1: Introduction to Remote Sensing Nicholas C. Coops and T. Rory Tooke
Chapter 2: Historical Aerial Photography for Landscape Analysis Jessica L. Morgan, Sarah E. Gergel, Collin Ankerson, Stephanie A. Tomscha and Ira Sutherland
Chapter 3: Citizen Science for Assessing Landscape Change Jeffrey A. Cardille and Michelle M. Jackson

Chapter 4: Understanding Landscape Metrics Jeffrey A. Cardille and Monica G. Turner
Chapter 5: Scale Detection with Semivariograms and Autocorrelograms (with R option) Michael W. Palmer and Daniel J. McGlinn
Chapter 6: Characterizing Categorical Map Patterns Using Neutral Landscape Models (with QRULE and R) Robert H. Gardner
Chapter 7: What Constitutes a Significant Difference in Landscape Pattern? (using R) Tarmo K. Remmel and Marie-Josee Fortin

Chapter 8: Modeling Landscape Change with Markov Models (with R option) Dean L. Urban and David O. Wallin
Chapter 9: Simulating Management Actions and Their Effect on Forest Landscape Pattern (with Harvest Lite) Eric J. Gustafson
Chapter 10: Regional and Continental-scale Perspectives on Landscape Pattern Jeffrey A. Cardille and Monica G. Turner
Chapter 11: Using Spatial Statistics and Landscape Metrics to Compare Disturbance Mosaics (with GS+) Monica G. Turner and Martin Simard

Chapter 12: Assessing Multi-scale Landscape Connectivity Using Network Analysis Todd R. Lookingbill and Emily S. Minor
Chapter 13: Conservation Planning (with Marxan) Matthew Watts, Hugh P. Possingham, Carissa J. Klein, Tara G. Martin and Josie Carwardine
Chapter 14: Advances in Quantifying Habitat Connectivity Using Graph Theory (with Conefor) Santiago Saura and Begona de la Fuente
Chapter 15: Linking Landscapes and Metacommunities (using R) Joseph R. Bennett and Ben Gilbert

Chapter 16: Modeling Spatial Dynamics of Ecosystem Processes and Services Sarah E. Gergel and Tara Reed
Chapter 17: Heterogeneity in Ecosystem Services: Multi-scale Carbon Management in Tropical Forest Landscapes Kathryn R. Kirby, Jeanine M. Rhemtulla and Sarah E. Gergel
Chapter 18: Regime Shifts and Spatial Resilience in a Coral Reef Seascape Jennifer C. Selgrath, Garry D. Peterson, Matilda Thyresson, Magnus Nystrom and Sarah E. Gergel
Chapter 19: Understanding Land-Use Feedbacks and Ecosystem Service Tradeoffs in Agriculture Lisa A. Schulte and John C. Tyndall
Chapter 20: Social Networks: Uncovering Social-ecological Mismatches in Heterogeneous Marine Landscapes Orjan Bodin and Beatrice I. Crona

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