19th Annual Symposium of the United
States Regional Association of the International Association
for Landscape Ecology:
Transdisciplinary Challenges in Landscape Ecology
March 30 - April 2, 2004
Field Trips: April 3 - 4, 2004
Co-Chairs: Nita Tallent-Halsell and Bruce Jones, Ph.D.
Thank you for your interest in the US-IALE 2004 Symposium. We had an
outstanding meeting. The final count was 334 registrants. Of these, 117
(35%) were members, 86 (26%) were non-members, 75 (22%) were student
members, 18 (5%) student non-members, 7 (2%) were one-day members, 14
(4% ) were one-day non-members, 1 (< 1%) one-day student member and
2 (<1 %) one-day student non-members. Eleven (3 %) of the registrants
were student volunteers while 3 (<1%) were exhibitors.
A geographic analysis of the registrants finds that 36 (11%) were from
14 countries other than the US : Belgium (1), Brazil (2), Canada (17),
China (1), Germany (1), Hungary (2), India (1), Israel (1), Japan (1),
Netherlands (3), Portugal (1), Puerto Rico (2), Switzerland (2) and Taiwan
(1). Of the 298 US registrants, the regional breakdown shows the majority
of registrants came from the southwest (38%), mid-west (24%), southeast
(14 %), northwest (13%) and northeast (11%). States with at least 10
registrants included: Arizona (27), Colorado (26), Michigan (24), North
Carolina (19), California (17), Nevada (16), Washington (14), New Mexico
and Oregon (13 each), Rhode Island (11), and Minnesota, Virginia and
Wisconsin (10 each).
The on-line Itinerary Planner with abstracts will be available until
at least April 2006.
We have many people to thank. We extend our thanks to the speakers,
Drs. Jerry Franklin, Lawrence Band, and James Deacon for their informative
and thought provoking presentations. We also thank banquet speaker Mr.
Edwin (Phil) Pister for sharing his experiences and insights following
38 years as a fisheries biologist with the California Department of Fish
and Game. No major gathering is possible without the dedication and hard
work of scores of people - often behind the scenes, whose individual
contributions and efforts combine to make the event happen. This meeting
is no exception. We are grateful for the many who volunteered to serve
as abstract reviewers, special session organizers, session chairs, web
master and field trip leaders. Thanks again to the student volunteers.
Their assistance was invaluable. We are indeed indebted to the many that
have supported the implementation of the US-IALE Meeting and helped make
this meeting such a success.
From its onset, landscape ecology has been defined by a wide range of
scientific disciplines, including those in the general categories of the
physical sciences, and more recently, the social sciences. In addition
to providing a venue for a diverse set of scientific disciplines, landscape
ecology has emphasized the importance of spatial pattern and scale. Solving
current and future environmental issues requires transdisciplinary approaches
that integrate the physical, ecological, and social sciences in space
and time. The theme of this meeting was selected to provide a forum to
consider the challenges and potential of applying transdisciplinary approaches
to solve current and future environmental issues. Activities for this
meeting were selected to demonstrate and highlight research, methods,
and tools that integrate multiple scientific disciplines needed to address
today's environmental problems.