BIO 421/521 Landscape Ecology

Dr. Jianguo (Jingle) Wu
Dean's Distinguished Professor
of Landscape Ecology and Sustainability Science
School of Life Sciences and Global Institute of Sustainability
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 874501, Tempe, AZ 85287-4501
Ph: (480) 965-1063  Fax: (480) 965-6899

BIO 320 or instructor's approval.

For undergraduate and graduate students; three (3) credit hours, one semester. 


Wu, J. and R. Hobbs (eds.) 2007. Key Topics in Landscape Ecology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Turner, M. G., Gardner, R. H. and O'Neill, R. V. 2001. Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice: Pattern and Process. Springer-Verlag, New York.

What Is Landscape Ecology, Really?

Landscape ecology is the study of interactions between spatial pattern and ecological processes on a wide range of scales, and represents a new ecological paradigm characterized by spatial explicitness, scale multiplicity, and transdisciplinarity. 
The key topics in landscape ecology include: spatial heterogeneity, pattern-process-scale relationships, spatial scaling, human-land interactions, and landscape sustainability.  Landscape ecology provides an integrative theoretical  basis and a suite of technical tools for understanding biophysical and socioeconomic phenomena in various landscapes, as well as for biodiversity conservation, ecosystem management, landscape planning and design, and sustainability science.

Wu, J. and R. Hobbs. 2002. Key issues and research priorities in landscape ecology. Landscape Ecology 17:355-365.
Wu, J. 2006. Cross-disciplinarity, landscape ecology, and sustainability science. Landscape Ecology 21:1-4.

For more information, contact Prof. Wu at