- Understand the origins and aims of Landscape Ecology
- Learn some of the important terms used in Landscape Ecology
- Understand the basics of the Theory of Island Biogeography
- Make connections between the Theory of Island Biogeography and its application in Ecology
Landscape ecology is the science of studying and improving relationships between ecological processes in the environment and particular ecosystems. This is done within a variety of landscape scales, development spatial patterns, and organizational levels of research and policy. Landscape ecology often focuses on the composition of landscapes, and how the size, shape, and adjacency of different habitat patches affect ecological processes. The development of the Theory of Island Biogeography in the 1960s was fundamental to our understanding of how the size and isolation of habitat patches affect the life histories of species found within them. This, in turn, resulted in a strong focusses on habitat fragmentation within the subfield of Landscape Ecology.