Landscape Ecology (ECo 621)



This course is modeled after the textbook 'Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice: Pattern and Process, Second Edition' by Turner, Gardner, and O'Neill, published in 2015 by Springer-Verlag, New York and a similar course taught by Dean Urban at Duke University. The similarity in material is acknowledged here (thanks Monica and Dean!).

The administration of this course and all relevant polices are described in detail in the course syllabus. This page provides a schedule for lectures, including links to all lecture handouts (slides and notes) and required journal readings.

No. Topic Readings
Part 1: Introduction to landscape ecology
1 What is landscape ecology? [pdf]

Chapter 1

2 What is a landscape [pdf]

Chapter 1;
Wiens (1989)


Landscape definition [pdf]


Part 2: Agents of pattern formation
6 The abiotic template [pdf] Chapter 2;
Swanson et al. (1988)
7 Biotic processes [pdf] Chapter 2; Watt (1947)
8-9 Disturbance regimes [pdf] Chapter 2;
Romme et al. (1995);
Reice (1994)
Part 3: Landscape dynamics
10-11 Landscape dynamic concepts [pdf] Chapter 6; Sprugel (1991);


Landscape modeling [pdf]

Chapter 3;
Scheller and Mladenoff (2007)

13-14 Landscape disturbance-succession models [pdf] Chapter 3; Perera et al (2015a); Perera et al (2015b)
15-16 Range of variabilty concepts [pdf] Landres et al. (1999); Keane (2012); Keane (2013); Keane et al (2009)
Part 5: Consequences of landscape structure
17-19 Populations and communities [pdf] Chapter 7; With and King (2001); Urban et al. (2002); McGarigal et al (2016)
20-22 Landscape genetics [pdf]
Manel et al. (2003)
23-24 Synthesis and summary [pdf] Chapters 9 & 10

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Kevin McGarigal
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts
304 Holdsworth Natural Resources Center
Box 34210, Amherst, MA 01003
Fax: (413) 545-4358; Phone: (413) 577-0655

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