Learning Landscape Ecology: A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques

Book & Toy | July 30, 2003

EditorSarah E. Gergel, Monica G. Turner

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This new practical guide provides a "hands-on" approach to learning the essential concepts and techniques of landscape ecology. The fundamental knowledge gained will enable students to usefully address landscape-level ecological and management issues. It is an ideal companion to the text, Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice by Monica G. Turner, Robert H. Gardner, and Robert V. O'Neill, also published by Springer-Verlag. The book is organized into nine sections comprising 20 chapters, each of which consists of a lab focusing on an important point in the text. A variety of approaches are presented: group discussion, thought problems, written exercises, and modeling. Each exercise is categorized as to whether it is for individual, small group, or whole class study. Appendices of additional exercises using specialized technical tools of landscape ecology (for example, GIS) are supplied for instructors with appropriate equipment. The exercises in the book are easily adaptable to any college's or university's facilities.

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This new practical guide provides a "hands-on" approach to learning the essential concepts and techniques of landscape ecology. The fundamental knowledge gained will enable students to usefully address landscape-level ecological and management issues. It is an ideal companion to the text, Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice by Mon...

Format:Book & ToyDimensions:335 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0 inPublished:July 30, 2003Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387952543

ISBN - 13:9780387952543

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I. Introduction and Concepts of Scale: * Scale and Hierarchy Theory (Robert V. O'Neill and Mark A. Smith). * Collecting Spatial Data at Broad Scales (Sarah E. Gergel, Monica G. Turner, and David J. Mladenoff). * Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (Joshua D. Greenberg, Miles G. Logsdon, and Jerry F. Franklin).- II. Models and Causes of Landscape Pattern:* Introduction to Markov Models (Dean L. Urban and David O. Wallin). * Simulating Changes in Landscape Pattern (Eric J. Gustafson).* Creating Landscape Pattern (Hazel R. Delcourt).- III. Quantifying Landscape Pattern: * Understanding Landscape Metrics I (Jeffrey A. Cardille and Monica G. Turner).* Understanding Landscape Metrics II: Effects of Changes of Scale (Joshua G. Greenberg, Sarah E. Gergel, and Monica G. Turner).* Neutral Landscape Models (Robert H. Gardner and Steven Walters). * Scale Detection Using Semivariograms and Autocorrelograms (Michael W. Palmer).- IV. Disturbance Dynamics: * Landscape Disturbance: Location, Pattern, and Dynamics (Monica G. Turner, Daniel B. Tinker, Sarah E. Gergel, and F. Stuart Chapin, III). * Alternative Stable States (Garry D. Peterson).- V. Organism Response to Landscape Pattern: * Interpreting Landscape Patterns from Organism-Based Perspectives (Scott M. Pearson). * Landscape Context (Scott M. Pearson). * Landscape Connectivity and Metapopulation Dynamics (Kimberly A. With). * Individual-Based Modeling: The Bachman's Sparrow (John B. Dunning, Jr., David J. Stewart, and Jianguo Liu).- VI. Ecosystem Processes at Broad Scales: * Feedbacks between Organisms and Ecosystem Processes (Linda L. Wallace and Steve T. Gray). * Modeling Ecosystem Processes (Sarah E. Gergel and Tara Reed-Andersen).- VII. Applied Landscape Ecology: Integrating Across the Levels: * Reserve Design (Stanley A. Temple and John R. Cary). * Prioritizing Reserves for Acquisition (Dean L. Urban).

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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 . . 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)