1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Landscape Ecology

    502 Pages 109 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    502 Pages 109 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Handbook provides a supporting guide to key aspects and applications of landscape ecology to underpin its research and teaching. A wide range of contributions written by expert researchers in the field summarize the latest knowledge on landscape ecology theory and concepts, landscape processes, methods and tools, and emerging frontiers.

    Landscape ecology is an interdisciplinary and holistic discipline, and this is reflected in the chapters contained in this Handbook. Authors from varying disciplinary backgrounds tackle key concepts such as landscape structure and function, scale and connectivity; landscape processes such as disturbance, flows, and fragmentation; methods such as remote sensing and mapping, fieldwork, pattern analysis, modelling, and participation and engagement in landscape planning; and emerging frontiers such as ecosystem services, landscape approaches to biodiversity conservation, and climate change. Each chapter provides a blend of the latest scientific understanding of its focal topics along with considerations and examples of their application from around the world.

    An invaluable guide to the concepts, methods, and applications of landscape ecology, this book will be an important reference text for a wide range of students and academics in ecology, geography, biology, and interdisciplinary environmental studies.

    1. Introduction: A brief history and overview of landscape ecology

    Robert A. Francis and Marc Antrop

    Part 1: Theory and Concepts in Landscape Ecology

    2. Landscape mosaics and the patch-corridor-matrix model

    Marc Antrop

    3. Scale and hierarchy in landscape ecology

    James D. A. Millington

    4. Landscape connectivity

    Lenore Fahrig, Víctor Arroyo-Rodríguez, Eliana Cazetta, Adam Ford, Jill Lancaster and Thomas Ranius

    Part 2: Landscape Processes

    5. Spatially structured ecosystems, connectivity and movement

    Finnbar Lee, Jingjing Zhang, Craig Eric Simpkins, Justine A. Becker and George L W Perry

    6. Habitat fragmentation

    Amanda E. Martin, Joseph R. Bennett and Lenore Fahrig

    7. Nutrient flows in the landscape

    Erica Smithwick

    8. The disturbance regime concept

    Brian J. Harvey, Sarah J. Hart and C. Alina Cansler

    9. Impacts of climate changes and amplified natural disturbance on global ecosystems

    Rachel Loehman, Megan M. Friggens, Rosemary L. Sherriff, Alisa R. Keyser and Karin L. Riley

    10. Change from within: Bottom-up disturbances of ecosystems

    James M.R. Brock and Sarah V. Wyse

    Part 3: Methods and Tools for Landscape Ecology

    11. Fieldwork in landscape ecology

    Jesse E. D. Miller, Carly D. Ziter and Michael J. Koontz

    12. Remote sensing and mapping of landscapes

    Nathalie Pettorelli, Jennifer E. Smith, Mailys Lopes and Henrike Schulte to Bühne

    13. Sensor networks for landscape ecology

    John H. Porter

    14. The role of palaeoecology in understanding landscape-level ecosystem dynamics

    George L.W. Perry, Richard E. Brazier and Janet M. Wilmshurst

    15. Landscape pattern analysis

    Tarmo K. Remmel and Scott W. Mitchell

    16. Quantitative modelling and computer simulation

    Calum Brown

    17. Landscape character assessment and participatory approaches

    Andrew Butler and Ingrid Sarlöv Herlin

    18. Experimentation in landscape ecology

    G. Darrel Jenerette

    Part 4: Landscape Ecology Frontiers

    19. Landscape ecology contributions to biodiversity conservation

    Robert F. Baldwin, R. Daniel Hanks and Jeremy S. Dertien

    20. Ecosystem services in the landscape

    Matthew Mitchell

    21. Riverscapes

    Todd Lookingbill, Kimberly Meitzen and Jason P. Julian

    22. Landscape restoration

    Aveliina Helm

    23. Landscapes and climate change

    B.C. Meyer and G. Mezosi


    Robert A. Francis is Reader in Ecology in the Department of Geography at King’s College London. His research focuses on urban ecology, freshwater ecology, and nature and society interactions. He edited A Handbook of Global Freshwater Invasive Species and co-edited Urban Landscape Ecology: Science Policy and Practice (with James D.A. Millington and Michael A. Chadwick) and The Routledge Handbook of Biosecurity and Invasive Species (with Kezia Barker), all by Routledge.

    James D.A. Millington is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at King’s College London. He is a geographer and landscape ecologist with expertise in using computational and statistical modelling tools to investigate spatial ecological and socio-economic processes and their interaction. Research topics include agent-based modelling, ecological impacts of land use change and disturbances (particularly wildfires), and telecoupling. He is the co-editor of Urban Landscape Ecology: Science Policy and Practice (with Robert A. Francis and Michael A. Chadwick).

    George L.W. Perry is Professor in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland. His research is focused on the dynamics of forest ecosystems at spatial scales from the population to the landscape and at temporal scales from decades to millennia.

    Emily S. Minor is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research explores human alteration of the landscape and how this can affect ecological communities and processes at the landscape scale.