Session for 9th IALE World Congress July 5-10, 2015 Portland, Oregon
S15. Landscape Connectivity and Its Implications for Conservation Management and Planning
Mirela G. Tulbure
Carol A. Johnston

Aquatic systems and their biota are some of the most threatened in the world. They are affected by changes in climate and land use, which not only increase direct pressure on surface water, but also affect dispersal opportunities for water dependent organisms, as water bodies dry out. Adaptations at regional scales require measures that allow species dispersal such as preserving or enhancing landscape connectivity for species movement. Graph theory is a powerful approach for assessing connectivity across scales. We invite submissions that integrate graph theory to assess connectivity across landscapes. We particularly encourage submissions with applications in aquatic systems.
* Invited Speakers

1. Surface water networks – examples from down under

Mirela Tulbure (organiser), Stuart Kinninmonth, Mark Broich
University of New South Wales; Stockholm University; UNSW
Keywords: surface water dynamics, complex networks, Australia, landscape connectivity, stepping-stones

2. Changes in connectivity among southern Great Plains wetlands over the past 30 years as a function of land-use change

Nancy E. McIntyre*, Steven D. Collins, Lucas J. Heintzman, Rebecca R. Owens, Niki N. Parikh, Luis J. Ruiz, Scott M. Starr, Natasja van Gestel
Texas Tech University; Straughan Environmental Inc.; Texas Tech University; Texas Tech University; Texas Tech University; Texas Tech University Texas Tech University; Northern Arizona University
Keywords: graph theory, connectivity, playa

3. The influence of surface water network structure, landscape resistance-to-movement and flooding on ecological connectivity across Australia’s largest river basin

Robbi Bishop-Taylor*, Mirela G Tulbure and Mark Broich
Centre for Ecosystem Science, School of BEES, UNSW Australia
Keywords: landscape connectivity, dynamic environments, graph theory, circuit theory, resistance-to-movement

4. Beaver Alteration of Landscape Connectivity: A Graph Theory Approach

Carol A Johnston* (organiser)
South Dakota State University
Keywords: ponds, graph theory, stepping stones, hubs, network

5. Fish connectivity in stream networks

Marie-Josée Fortin*, Andrew Chin, Julia Linke
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, Canada; Roland Cormier, Eco-Risk Management, Moncton, Canada; Carole Godin, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Moncton, Canada
Keywords: stream network, fish, dendritic network, functional connectivity, culvert