Learning Landscape Ecology A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques

ISBN-10: 0387952543

ISBN-13: 9780387952543

Edition: 2002

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Description: 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 book includes a CD-ROM containing spatial data sets and modeling software for use with a number of the exercises. The exercises in the book are easily adaptable to any college's or university's facilities. About the Included CD: Many of the labs use only Excel (.xls) files or Adobe (.pdf) files (or no files at all) and as such are compatible with computers running on either Mac or Windows platforms, as long as the computers have Excel and/or Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the web: www. adobe.com. Chapters 1, 2, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18 and part of 7 fall into this category. Several other programs require a PC running Windows: Markov, HarvestLite, Rule, Fragstats, ReserveDesign and Folio are DOS executables; ArcExplorer and Bachmap must be installed on a Windows PC. These programs require a Windows emulator for use on a Macintosh platform.

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List price: $89.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 7/30/2003
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 316
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

John A. Wiens is chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy and past president of the International Association for Landscape Ecology.Michael R. Moss is director of the Canadian Centre for Environmental Education at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia and past secretary general of the International Association for Landscape Ecology.Monica G. Turner is the Eugene P. Odum Professor of Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and past president of the U.S. chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology.David J. Mladenoff is the Beers-Bascom Professor of Conservation and professor of forest ecology and management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and former editor of Landscape Ecology.

Introduction and Concepts of Scale
Scale and Hierarchy Theory
Collecting Spatial Data at Broad Scales
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Models and Causes of Landscape Pattern
Introduction to Markov Models
Simulating Changes in Landscape Pattern
Creating Landscape Pattern
Quantifying Landscape Pattern
Understanding Landscape Metrics I
Understanding Landscape Metrics II: Effects of Changes of Scale
Neutral Landscape Models
Scale Detection Using Semivariograms and Autocorrelograms
Disturbance Dynamics
Landscape Disturbance: Location, Pattern, and Dynamics
Alternative Stable States
Interpreting Landscape Patterns from Organism-Based Perspectives
Landscape Context
Landscape Connectivity and Metapopulation Dynamics
Individual-Based Modeling: The Bachman's Sparrow
Feedbacks between Organisms and Ecosystem Processes
Modeling Ecosystem Processes
Applied Landscape Ecology: Integrating Across the Levels
Reserve Design
Prioritizing Reserves for Acquisition
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