Temporal Dimensions of Landscape Ecology: Wildlife Responses to Variable Resources / Edition 1

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Over the past twenty-five years, the effects of the spatial distribution and scaling of resources on animal populations have been increasingly studied in wildlife biology, landscape ecology, conservation biology, and related fields. However, spatial patterns change over time. In Temporal Dimensions of Landscape Ecology: Wildlife Responses to Variable Resources, the authors discuss the effects that temporal changes in resources have on animal populations. Resource availability and quality are not distributed homogeneously over time, depending for example on predictable changes in seasons, mating and birthing cycles, unpredictable resource pulses and weather-related phenomena, ecological disturbances, and historical legacies.

Temporal Dimensions of Landscape Ecology brings together chapters that address the idea of current as well as historical temporal influences on resource availability, quality, and distribution. The authors draw attention to the neglected temporal issues so important to understanding species and community responses. This book will be of interest to both wildlife and conservation students and practitioners working with temporal and spatial scale issues.

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"Temporal Dimensions of Landscape Ecology: Wildlife Responses to Variable Resources … focuses on the temporal aspect of landscape ecology in relation to wildlife populations. … The book is divided into three sections: relevant temporal theory, statistics of time, and temporally focused case studies. … provide the basis for a conceptual framework for addressing both spatial and temporal variation in landscape ecology. In doing so, the book provides fodder for thought on a difficult topic and will become a valuable addition to any landscape ecologist’s library." (Sarah E. Lehnen, Landscape Ecology, Vol. 23, 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387454450
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Edition description: 2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John A. Bissonette is a research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, and is a professor in the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University.

Ilse Storch is professor of wildlife ecology and management at the University of Freiburg, Germany.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors     vii
Introduction     1
Relevant Temporal Theory     11
Resource Acquisition and Animal Response in Dynamic Landscapes: Keeping the Books   John A. Bissonette     13
Pulsed Resources and Community Responses: An Exploration of Factors Influencing Outcomes   Richard S. Ostfeld   Felicia Keesing     30
Invoking the Ghosts of Landscapes Past to Understand the Landscape Ecology of the Present...and the Future   Kimberly A. With     43
Modeling Adaptive Behavior in Event-Driven Environments: Temporally Explicit Individual-Based Ecology   Volker Grimm   Richard Stillman   Kurt Jax   John Goss-Custard     59
Temporal Scaling in Complex Systems: Resonant Frequencies and Biotic Variability   Lance Gunderson   Craig R. Allen   Don Wardwell     78
Statistics of Time     91
Using Statistical Models to Study Temporal Dynamics of Animal-Landscape Relations   Kevin J. Gutzwiller   Samuel K. Riffell     93
Multivariate Landscape Trajectory Analysis: An Example Using Simulation Modeling of American Marten Habitat Change under Four Timber Harvest Scenarios   Samuel A. Cushman   Kevin McGarigal     119
Temporally Focused Case Studies     141
Assessing Grouse Habitats in the Alps: The Complication of Small-Scale Spatiotemporal Variation in Rainfall Patterns   Ilse Storch     143
Exploring the Temporal Effects of Seasonal Water Availability on the Snail Kite of Florida   Wolf M. Mooij   Julien Martin   Wiley M. Kitchens   Donald L. DeAngelis     155
Three Axes of Ecological Studies: Matching Process and Time in Landscape Ecology   Melissa J. Reynolds-Hogland   Michael S. Mitchell     174
Building and Using Habitat Models for Assessing Temporal Changes in Forest Ecosystems   Alexandra B. Felix   Daniel W. Linden   Henry Campa III     195
Foraging Responses of the Endangered Gouldian Finch to Temporal Differences in Seed Availability in Northern Australian Savanna Grasslands   Milton Lewis     218
Spending Time in the Forest: Responses of Cavity-Nesters to Temporal Changes in Forest Health in Interior British Columbia   Mark C. Drever   Kathy Martin     236
Niche Opportunities and Introduced Birds: Temporal Variation in Resource Abundance   Catriona J. MacLeod   David M. B. Parish   Robert A. Robinson     252
About the Contributors     269
Index     279
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