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Learning Landscape Ecology

A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques

Editors: Gergel, Sarah E., Turner, Monica G. (Eds.)

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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.

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"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 … . 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. … 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." (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 guide provides essential information for students and practitioners of landscape ecology." (Landscape Design, July, 2002)


Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • Scale and Hierarchy Theory

    O’Neill, Robert V. (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • Collecting Spatial Data at Broad Scales

    Gergel, Sarah E. (et al.)

    Pages 9-16

  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

    Greenberg, Joshua D. (et al.)

    Pages 17-31

  • Introduction to Markov Models

    Urban, Dean L. (et al.)

    Pages 35-48

  • Simulating Changes in Landscape Pattern

    Gustafson, Eric J.

    Pages 49-61

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Learning Landscape Ecology
Book Subtitle
A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques
Editors
  • Sarah E. Gergel
  • Monica G. Turner
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-21613-3
DOI
10.1007/b97339
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 316
Topics