Tools and resources for landscape ecology

Are you interested in learning about landscape ecology and some of the standard methods for quantifying spatial pattern? Or perhaps teaching a landscape ecology course for the first time? We have produced several general resources to get you going, including a graduate-level text; an edited volume (we call it “the lab manual”) for learning the hands-on methods, along with the digital files needed for each exercise; an edited volume of foundation papers in landscape ecology with commentaries (excellent resource for graduate students); and reviews, syntheses and foundational papers in the field.  

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Advanced Landscape Ecology: Advanced Landscape Ecology is an advanced graduate course that assumes general familiarity with the basics of landscape ecology.

Selected recent + classic publications

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Gergel, S. E. and M. G. Turner, editors. 2017. Learning landscape ecology: a practical guide to concepts and techniques, 2nd edition. Springer, New York.

Rose, K. C., R. A. Graves, W. D. Hansen, B. J. Harvey, J. Qiu, S. A. Wood, C. Ziter, and M. G. Turner. 2017. Historical foundations and future directions in macrosystems ecology. Ecology Letters 20:147-157.

Turner, M. G. and R. H. Gardner. 2015. Landscape ecology in theory and practice, 2nd edition. Springer, New York.

Turner, M. G., D. C. Donato and W. H. Romme. 2013. Consequences of spatial heterogeneity for ecosystem services in changing forest landscapes: priorities for future research. Landscape Ecology 28:1081-1097.

Peters, D. P. C., B. T. Bestelmeyer and M. G. Turner. 2007. Cross-scale interactions and changing pattern-process relationships: consequences for system dynamics. Ecosystems 10:790-796.

Wiens, J. A., M. R. Moss, M. G. Turner and D. J. Mladenoff, editors. 2007. Foundation papers in landscape ecology. Columbia University Press, New York.

Cardille, J. A., M. G. Turner, M. Clayton, S. Price, and S. E. Gergel. 2005. METALAND: Characterizing spatial patterns and statistical context of landscape metrics. BioScience 55:983-988

Turner, M. G. 2005. Landscape ecology in North America: past, present and future. Ecology 86:1967-1974.

Turner, M. G. 2005. Landscape ecology: what is the state of the science? Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 36:319-344.

Turner, M. G. and F. S. Chapin, III. 2005. Causes and consequences of spatial heterogeneity in ecosystem function. Pages 9-30 in: G. M. Lovett, C. G. Jones, M. G. Turner, and K. C. Weathers, editors. Ecosystem function in heterogeneous landscapes. Springer-Verlag, New York.

Miller, J. R., M. G. Turner, E. A. H. Smithwick, C. L. Dent and E.H. Stanley. 2004. Spatial extrapolation: the science of predicting ecological patterns and processes. BioScience 54:310-320.

Turner, M. G., T. R. Crow, J. Liu, D. Rabe, C. F. Rabeni, P. A. Soranno, W. W. Taylor, K. A. Vogt, and J. A. Wiens. 2002. Bridging the gap between landscape ecology and natural resource management. Pages 433-460 in Liu, J. and W. Taylor, editors. Integrating landscape ecology into natural resource management. Cambridge University Press.

Turner, M. G. 1998. Landscape ecology. Pages 77-122 In: S. I. Dodson, editor. Ecology. Oxford University Press, New York.

Turner, M. G., W. H. Romme, R. H. Gardner, R. V. O’Neill, and T. K. Kratz. 1993. A revised concept of landscape equilibrium: disturbance and stability on scaled landscapes. Landscape Ecology 8:213-227.

Turner, M. G. and R. H. Gardner, editors. 1991. Quantitative methods in landscape ecology. Springer-Verlag, New York.

Turner, M. G. 1989. Landscape ecology: the effect of pattern on process. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 20:171-197.

Turner, M. G., R. V. O’Neill, R. H. Gardner and B. T. Milne. 1989. Effects of changing spatial scale on the analysis of landscape pattern. Landscape Ecology 3:153-162.

Turner, M. G., V. H. Dale and R. H. Gardner. 1989. Predicting across scales: theory development and testing. Landscape Ecology 3:245-252.

Turner, M. G., editor. 1987. Landscape heterogeneity and disturbance. Springer-Verlag, New York.