Dr. Monica G.Turner
Department of Integrative Biology
University of Wisconsin
430 Lincoln Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
Ecosystem and
Landscape Ecology Lab

Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice


Monica Turner


Monica Turner, along with Bob Gardner and Bob O’Neill (past colleagues from Oak Ridge National Laboratory), wrote a text book for landscape ecology that was published in 2001.  This book provides an introduction for ecologists and resource managers to the concepts and approaches of landscape ecology.  It is used as a text in a number of graduate-level courses in landscape ecology

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Landscape Ecology.
    1. What is Landscape Ecology?
    2. Why has Landscape Ecology Emerged as a Distinct Area of Study?
    3. The Intellectual Roots of Landscape Ecology.
    4. Objectives of this Book.
    5. Summary.
  2. The Critical Concept of Scale.
    1. Scale Terminology and its Practical Application.
    2. Scale Problems.
    3. Scale Concepts and Hierarchy Theory.
    4. Identifying the "Right" Scale(s).
    5. Reasoning about Scale.
    6. Scaling Up.
    7. Summary.
  3. Introduction to Models.
    1. What's and Why's about Models.
    2. Steps in Building a Model.
    3. Landscape Models.
    4. Caveats in the Use of Models.
    5. Summary.
  4. Causes of Landscape Pattern.
    1. Abiotic Causes of Landscape Pattern.
    2. Biotic Interactions.
    3. Human Land Use.
    4. Disturbance and Succession.
    5. Summary.
  5. Quantifying Landscape Pattern.
    1. Why Quantify Pattern?
    2. Data used in Landscape Analyses.
    3. Caveats for Landscape Pattern Analysis, or Metric for Quantifying Landscape Pattern.
    4. Geostatistics or Spatial Statistics.
    5. Summary.
  6. Neutral Landscape Models.
    1. Random Maps: the Simplest Neutral Model.
    2. Maps with Hierarchical Structure.
    3. Fractal Landscapes.
    4. Neutral Models Relating Pattern to Process.
    5. General Insights from the Use of NLMs.
    6. Summary
  7. Landscape Disturbance Dynamics.
    1. Disturbance and Disturbance Regimes.
    2. Influence of the Landscape on Disturbance Pattern.
    3. Influence of Disturbance on Landscape Pattern.
    4. Concepts of Landscape Equilibrium.
    5. Summary.
  8. Organisms and Landscape Pattern.
    1. Conceptual Development of Organisms Space Interactions.
    2. Scale-dependent nature of organism responses.
    3. Effect of Spatial Pattern on Organisms.
    4. Spatially Explicit Population Models.
    5. Summary
  9. Ecosystem Processes in the Landscape.
    1. Spatial Heterogeneity in Ecosystem Processes.
    2. Effects of Landscape Position on Lake Ecosystems.
    3. Land-water Interactions.
    4. Linking Species and Ecosystems.
    5. Searching for General Principles.
    6. Summary.
  10. Applied Landscape Ecology.
    1. Land Use.
    2. Forest Management.
    3. Regional Risk Assessment.
    4. Continental-scale Monitoring.
    5. Summary.
  11. Conclusions and Future Directions.
    1. What Have we Learned?
    2. Research directions.
    3. Conclusion.
  12. Literature cited.
  13. Index.

How to obtain a copy

1-800-SPRINGER [1-800-777-4643]
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Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice
Pattern and Process
Turner, Monica G., Gardner, Robert H., O'Neill, Robert V.
2001, XII, 404 p. 154 illus., 98 in colour with CD-ROM., Hardcover
ISBN: 0-387-95122-9