US-IALE is engaged in a variety of exciting programs to serve its members and the global community of landscape ecology students, scholars, and practitioners. Activities are administered by the Committees listed below.

US-IALE needs your help in carrying out its programs and developing new initiatives. If you can assist in committee work, contact the Committee Chair to sign up.

Todd Lookingbill (University of Richmond)
Current Awards Committee Members:
Peter August (University of Rhode Island)
Dan Kashian (Wayne State University)
Betty Kreakie (US Environmental Protection Agency)
Steven Walters (University of Washington)
Jingle Wu (Arizona State University)

Background Information on the Awards Selection Process

Nominations for the three Distinguished awards and the Outstanding Publication in Landscape Ecology award are solicited annually from the membership.The Awards Committee makes decisions based on a review of submitted nominations against the award criteria described below. Nominations can be sent to the Awards Committee Chair.

Student Travel Awards

In recognition that students are valuable current and future members of US-IALE, the US-IALE Student Travel Awards (STA) support student travel to the Annual Meetings. Approximately 10 awards have been awarded annually since 2009. Each award recipient receives up to $500 to help cover travel expenses at the meeting. Students are eligible to receive one US-IALE sponsored STA per degree program and must have an abstract for an oral or poster presentation at the conference accepted by the Program Committee to obtain funding. Application instructions are available on the conference web page.

Twelve Student Travel Awards were supported this year with funding provided by US-IALE. These awards included up to $500 for travel to the 2016 Annual Meeting in Asheville, North Carolina.

Award Year: 2016
Anand Chaudhary Baylor University
Matthew Dannenberg University of North Carolina
Devon Gaydos North Carolina State University
Rose Graves University of Wisconsin - Madison
Lucas Heintzman Texas Tech University
Eric McCluskey Ohio State University
Erica Newman University of California - Berkeley
Colin Phifer Michigan Technological University
Scott Starr Texas Tech University
Oludunsin Tunrayo Arodudu Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) - Germany
Alexander Wright University of Georgia
Hongbo Yang Michigan State University

Past US-IALE Award Recipients

Distinguished Landscape Ecologist

The Award for Distinguished Landscape Ecologist is given for distinguished scientific contribution to the field of landscape ecology. The intent of this award is to specifically recognize those unique individuals whose thinking and writing have helped to shape the field of landscape ecology. This award highlights those scholars whose scientific endeavors pervade our discipline and its continuing development. This award is ordinarily given for outstanding scientific achievement over a period of a decade or more, and it is the most prestigious honor bestowed by our Chapter.

2016 Kimberly With
2014 Dean Urban
2013 Virginia Dale
2013 Marie-Josée Fortin
2012 David Mladenoff
2011 Lenore Fahrig
2010 Joan Iverson Nassauer
2010 Jianguo (Jingle) Wu
2009 Herman (Hank) Shugart Jr.
2007 Eric Gustafson
2006 Bruce Milne
2005 H. Ronald Pulliam
2004 Thomas Crow
2003 Simon Levin
2002 Louis Iverson
2001 Gary Barrett
2000 Paul Risser
1998 Monica Turner
1997 Gray Merriam
1996 John Wiens
1995 Robert O'Neill
1994 Robert Gardner
1992 Richard Forman
1991 Frank Golley

Distinguished Landscape Practitioner

The award for Distinguished Landscape Practitioner is given for distinguished contributions in the application of the principles of landscape ecology to real-world problems. The intent is to recognize unusual contributions to landscape ecology through the creative applications of this science to the resolution of practical dilemmas. This award is given for outstanding applications over a period of years.

2016 Charles Corvis (ESRI Conservation Program (ECP))
2014 Andrew Fall
2013 K. Bruce Jones
2012 United States National Park Service's Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Program
2010 Wes H. Jackson
2009 Kevin McGarigal
2005 David Hulse
2004 Frederick Steiner, University of Texas
2003 USGS GAP Program
2002 The Great Plains Restoration Council for The Buffalo Commons
2001 The Nature Conservancy
2000 Larry Harris
1998 Joan Iverson Nassauer
1997 Michael Hough
1996 Carl Steinitz, Harvard School of Design
1995 Wisconsin Chapter of the Nature Conservancy for the Baraboo Hills project
1994 Nancy Diaz
1994 Mt. Hood NF
1991 Andropogon Associates

Distinguished Service Award

The award for Distinguished Service recognizes individuals who have contributed exceptionally to US-IALE. Exceptional service represents a contribution to US-IALE in terms of time, energy and dedication that advanced the mission of US-IALE in an extraordinary manner and thus deserves special recognition.

2016 Robert Scheller
2014 Peter August
2012 Jianguo (Jingle) Wu
2010 Monica Turner
2006 Garik Gutman
2006 William Taylor
2006 Jack Liu
2005 David Mladenoff
2001 Jerry Franklin
1998 Eugene Odum
1998 Frank Golley
1997 Richard Forman
1995 Forest Stearns

Outstanding Paper in Landscape Ecology

2016 Bruton, M. J., M. Maron, N. Levin, and C. A. McAlpine. 2015. Testing the relevance of binary, mosaic and continuous landscape conceptualisations to reptiles in regenerating dryland landscapes. Landscape Ecology 30:715-728
2014 Forrest Hoffman, Jitendra Kumar, Richard Mills, and William Hargrove. 2013. Representativeness-based sampling network design for the State of Alaska. Landscape Ecology 28:1567-1586
2013 Donald McKenzie and Maureen Kennedy. 2012. Power laws reveal phase transitions in landscape controls of fire regimes. Nature Communications 3:726
2012 María Uriarte, Marina Anciães, Mariana T.B. da Silva, Paulo Rubim, Erik Johnson, and Emilio M. Bruna. 2011. Disentangling the drivers of reduced long-distance seed dispersal by birds in an experimentally fragmented landscape. Ecology 92:924-937
2011 Gilbert-Norton, L., R. Wilson, J.R. Stevens, and K.H. Beard. 2010. A meta-analytic review of corridor effectiveness. Conservation Biology 24:660-668
2010 Smith, A.C., N. Koper, C.M. Francis, and L. Fahrig. 2009. Confronting collinearity: comparing methods for disentangling the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation. Landscape Ecology 24:1271-1285
2009 Treml, E.A., P.N. Halpin, D.L. Urban, and L.F. Pratson. 2008. Modeling population connectivity by ocean currents, a graph-theoretic approach for marine conservation. Landscape Ecology 23:19-36
2008 Falk, D.A., C. Miller, D. McKenzie, and A.E. Black. 2012. Cross-scale analysis of fire regimes. Ecosystems 10:809-823
2007 Laurance, W.F., H.E.M. Nascimento, S.G. Laurance, A. Andrade, J.E.L.S. Ribeiro, J.P. Giraldo, T.E. Lovejoy, R. Condit, J. Chave, K.E. Harms, and S. D'Angelo. 2012. Rapid decay of tree-community composition in Amazonian forest fragments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (United States) 103:19010-19014
2006 An, L., M. Linderman, J. Qi, A. Shortridge, and J. Liu. 2012. Exploring complexity in a human-environment system: an agent-based spatial model for multidisciplinary and multiscale integration. Annals of American Association of Geographers 95: 54-79
2005 Farhig, L. 2012. Effects of habitat fragmentation on biodiversity. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 34:487-515
2004 Hargrove, W.H., F.M. Hoffman, and P.M. Schwartz. 2012. A fractal landscape realizer for generating synthetic maps. Conservation Ecology 6: article 2 (online)
2003 Tewksbury, J.J., D.J. Levey, N.M. Haddad, J.L. Orrock, A. Weldon, B.J. Danielson, J. Brinkerhoff, E.I. Damschen, and P. Townsend. 2012. Corridors affect plants, animals, and their interactions in fragmented landscapes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (United States) 99:12923-12926
2002 With, K.A. and A.W. King. 2012. Analysis of landscape sources and sinks: the effect of spatial pattern on avian demography. Biological Conservation 100:75-88
2001 Keymer, J.E., P. Marquet, J.V. Hernandez, and S. Levin. 2012. Extinction thresholds and metapopulation persistence in dynamic landscapes. American Naturalist 156:478-494
2000 Wear, D.N., and P. Bolstad. 2012. Land-use changes in southern Appalachian landscapes: spatial analysis and forecast evaluation. Ecosystems 1:575-594
1998 Flather, C.H., and J.R. Sauer. 2012. Using landscape ecology to test hypotheses about large-scale abundance patterns in migratory birds. Ecology 77:28-35
1997 Mladenoff, D.J., T.A. Sickley, R.G. Haight, and A.P. Wydeven. 2012. A regional landscape analysis and prediction of favorable gray wolf habitat in the northern Great Lakes region. Conservation Biology 9:279-294
1996 With, K.A., and T.O. Crist. 2012. Critical thresholds in species' responses to landscape structure. Ecology 76:2446-2459
1995 Johnson, C. 2012. Woodland expansion in the Platte River. Nebraska: patterns and causes Ecological Monographs
1994 Wiens, J.A., N.C. Stenseth, B. Van Horne, and R.A. Ims. 2012. Ecological mechanisms and landscape ecology. Oikos 66:369-380
1992 Milne, B. 2012. Spatial aggregation and neutral models in fractal landscapes. American Naturalist 139:32-57
1991 Andow, D.A., P.M. Karieva, S.A. Levin, and A. Okubo. 2012. Spread of invading organisms. Landscape Ecology 4:177-188

Outstanding Paper in Landscape Ecology - Honorable Mention

2014 Dennis Jongsomjit, Diana Stralberg, Thomas Gardali, Leonardo Salas, and John Wiens. 2013. Between a rock and a hard place: the impact of climate change and housing development on breeding birds in California. Landscape Ecology 28:187-200
2014 Christopher Wright and Michael Wimberly. 2013. Recent land use change in the Western Corn Belt threatens grasslands and wetlands. PNAS 110:4134–4139
2013 Jennifer Costanza, Aaron Moody, and Robert Peet. 2011. Multi-scale environmental heterogeneity as a predictor of plant species richness. Landscape Ecology 26:851-864
2012 Jens-Christian Svenning, Matthew C. Fitzpatrick, Signe Normand, Catherine H. Graham, Peter B. Pearman, Louis R. Iverson, and Flemming Skov. 2010. Geography, topography, and history affect realized-to-potential tree species richness patterns in Europe. Ecography 33:1070-1080
2011 McGarigal, K., S. Tagil, and S.A. Cushman. 2009. Surface metrics: an alternative to patch metrics for the quantification of landscape structure. Landscape Ecology 24:443-450
2009 Nassauer, J.I., and P. Opdam. 2008. Design in science: extending the landscape ecology paradigm. Landscape Ecology 23:633-644
2008 Koper, N., F.K.A. Schmiegelow, and E.H. Merrill. 2007. Residuals cannot distinguish between ecological effects of habitat amount and fragmentation: implications for the debate. Landscape Ecology 22:811-820
2008 Gobster, P.H., J.I. Nassauer, T.C. Daniel, and G. Fry. 2007. The shared landscape: what does aesthetics have to do with ecology?. Landscape Ecology 22:959-972
2005 Remmel, T.K. and F. Csillag. 2003. When are two landscape pattern indices significantly different?. Journal of Geographical Systems 5:331-351

Award for Best Student Presentation

The award for Best Student Presentation is given for the best oral or poster presentation given by a student at the previous Annual Meeting. The award consists of a $300 cash award, a certificate commemorating the award, and a waiver of one future meeting registration fee. Waiver of registration may be applied to one of the next two subsequent US-IALE annual meetings.

2016 Erika Newman, University of California - Berkeley
Macroecology meets disturbance ecology: connecting species diversity patterns to disturbance ecology through information entropy statistics (oral)
2015 Theraesa Coyle, McGill University
Conserving God’s Own Country: Biodiversity in Agroforestry Landscapes of Kerala, India (oral)
2014 Amy Mui, University of Toronto
Seasonal changes in core wetland connectivity for a threatened freshwater turtle in southern Ontario (oral)
2013 Micah Hahn, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Roosting Behavior and Habitat Selection of Pteropus Giganteus Reveals Potential Links to Nipah Virus Epidemiology (oral)
2012 Jenica Allen, University of Connecticut
Socio-economics drive invasive plants in New England through forest fragmentation (oral)
2011 Mao-Ning Tuanmu, Michigan State University
Can the Giant Panda survive climate change? (oral)
2010 Kathleen Vigness-Raposa, University of Rhode Island
Habitat of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the North Atlantic Ocean (oral)
2009 Alisa Wade, Colorado State University
Urban encroachment on the US protected area network (oral)
2008 Bronwyn Rayfield, University of Toronto
Identifying potential movement pathways in fragmented landscapes: incorporating uncertainty in landscape resistance (oral)
2008 Sarah Olson, University of Wisconsin
Malaria patterns and hydrology in the Amazon - will land use and cover changes alter risk? (poster)
2007 Cathy Collins, Kansas University
Patch size affects plant extinction rates in an experimentally fragmented grassland (oral)
2007 Benjamin Zuckerberg, State University of New York
Implications of the abundance-occupancy rule: Can atlas data be used to monitor avian population change? (oral)
2006 Patrick James, University of Toronto
Simulating the effects of shifting harvest policies on long term spatial patterns of forest age structure. (oral)
2005 Yolanda Wiersma, University of Guelph
Beta-diversity and reserve design in Canada. (oral)
2004 Brad McRae, Northern Arizona University
Integrating landscape ecology and population genetics: new tools from circuit theory (oral)
2003 Jennifer Miller, West Virginia University
A comparison of methods for incorporating spatial dependence in predictive vegetation models (oral)
2002 Tenley Conway, Rutgers University
The impact of future development on the water and terrestrial resources in the Barnegat Bay Watershed NJ (oral)
2001 Matthew Baker, University of Michigan
Predicting spatial variation in riparian hydrology and forest composition across lower Michigan (oral)
2000 Edward Laurent, Purdue University
Modeling habitat context for the endangered copperbelly water snake (oral)
1998 Patrick Zollner, Indiana State University
Search strategies for landscape-level inter-patch movements (oral)
1997 Jing Huang, Oregon State University
Characterizing forest spatial pattern using digitized aerial photographs (oral)
1996 Nancy McIntyre, Colorado State University
Effects of internal and external motivational factors on animal movements in experimental landscapes (oral)
1995 Timothy Keitt, University of New Mexico
Detecting critical scales in fragmented landscapes (oral)
1994 George Hess, North Carolina State University
Could increased connectivity be more than we bargained for? (poster)
1991 Joseph Miller, Penn State Univeristy
Landscape patterns and biotic communities characteristics in central Pennsylvania (poster)

Best Student Presentation - Honorable Mention

2016 Elsa Anderson, University of Illinois - Chicago
Evaluating historic, local, social, and landscape drivers of species diversity in vacant lots in Chicago, IL, USA (oral)
2015 Jesse Miller, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Encroachment of woody vegetation drives rapid state change in insular grasslands (oral)
2015 Kathy Zeller, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Evaluating resistance surfaces for wildlife (oral)
2014 Binbin Li, Duke University
Impacts and solutions of livestock grazing in protected areas for the Giant Panda (oral)
2013 Camille Beasley, University of Georgia
Suspended Development: Disentangling Effects of Habitat Alteration and Human Habitation on Birds (oral)
2013 Katherine Renwick, Colorado State University
Interactive Effects of Climate and Disturbance on Landscape-scale Range Dynamics of Rocky Mountain Tree Species (oral)
2012 Steven Collins, Texas Tech University
Developing species distribution models for riverine dragonflies with multiscale environmental parameters (oral)
2011 Kristin Marshall, Colorado State University
Wolves, elk, and willows: landscape configurations on Yellowstones Northern Range (oral)
2009 Niko Balkenhol, University of Idaho
Hierarchial multi-scale analysis of landscape-genetic relationships in Idaho cougars (oral)
2009 Jennifer Litteral, Arizona State University
Effects of urbanization on avian species diversity in the Phoenix metropolitan area: patters in vegetation fragments (oral)
2005 Alicia Ellis, Darmouth College
Linking individual movement to population level processes in tree hole mosquito systems (oral)
2004 Don Falk, University of Arizona
Event-area relationships: scaling rules for fire regimes (oral)
2003 Monika Moskal, University of Kansas
Harmonic analysis of natural and man made disturbances in the Yellowstone region (oral)
2002 Kenneth Pierce, Duke University
Detecting scale-specific interactions between seed dispersal and environment (oral)
2001 Geoffrey Hay, University of Montreal
Scale-space for landscape ecologists: a novel approach for defining multi-scale landscape structure in high-resolution imagery (oral)
2000 Jennifer Fraterrigo, Colorado State University
Low density human settlement in the Rocky Mountain west: does it matter to bird communities? (poster)
2000 Veronique St.Louis, University of Montreal
Does vegetation heterogeneity have any effect on territory delimitation of black-throated blue warblers (Dendroica caurulescens) and ovenbird (Sierus aurocapillus)? (oral)
1998 Penny Flick, Duke University
A multiple-scale approach to reserve site selection (poster)
1997 Deborah Bishop, Baylor University
Topographic effects on avian richness, abundance, and probability of site use during spring migration (poster)
1996 Sandra Luque, Rutgers University
The impact of management practices on the landscape of a natural reserve: The New Jersey Pine Barrens, a case study