Bridging the gap between the science of landscape ecology and on-the-ground land and resource management, this work relates the theory and empirical research within landscape ecology to the practical needs of resource managers. It offers both a conceptual foundation of applicable and operational theory and case-study examples that address ways in which political, economic and social factors influence the use of landscape ecology and other data-based science around the world. Contributors focus on links between theory and practice, between small-scale and large-scale, and between humans and nature. Specific linkages examined include: landscape patterns and biological reality; top-down effects and organisms; the indicator species concept and conservation efforts; the concept of fitness landscapes and the behaviour and distribution of animals; and body mass patterns and wildlife conservation. Chapters feature examples of interactions between people and landscapes in boreal, central and Mediterranean Europe; northern Australia; and Eastern Africa; along with case studies from central Europe, North America and South America.
John A. Bissonette is research scientist with the U. S. Geological Survey and professor in the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University; his books include Wildlife and Landscape Ecology (Springer-Verlag, 1997). Ilse Storch is research scientist and lecturer with the Weihenstephan Centre of Life Sciences at the Technische Universitat Munchen in Munich, Germany.