Special Issue "Dynamic Landscape Connectivity"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Rebecca Lewison
Guest Editor
Department of Biology, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA, USA
Interests: fisheries bycatch; sustainable resource use; coupled human-natural systems; applied conservation; landscape connectivity
Dr. Megan Jennings
Guest Editor
Institute for Ecological Monitoring and Management, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA, USA
Interests: wildlife ecology; connectivity modeling and assessments; conservation planning; decision support; spatial data analysis
Dr. Katherine Zeller
Guest Editor
Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 160 Holdsworth Way, Amherst, MA, USA
Interests: wildlife connectivity; movement ecology; conservation network design; spatial ecology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Habitat fragmentation and degradation are two of the greatest threats to habitat availability and quality, posing a direct risk to species persistence and, consequently, biodiversity. Establishing or preserving landscape connectivity alleviates the negative effects of fragmentation and allows for movement and gene flow among populations, increasing the likelihood of population persistence in altered environments. Further, connectivity can support the recovery of populations after events such as fire and disease outbreaks, and facilitate the movement of species in response to climate change. Traditionally, terrestrial connectivity assessments and planning efforts have assumed a static environment. In recent years, research has focused on capturing the inherent dynamic nature of landscapes and species movement for connectivity planning. The Special Issue “Dynamic Connectivity” of Land will explore the advances that have been made in connectivity evaluation and assessment, planning, and implementation that incorporate spatial and temporal landscape dynamics that affect structural and functional connectivity. These dynamic features can be driven by seasonal or annual fluctuations, extreme events, climate change, as well as human impacts like land or resource use, urbanization or other anthropogenic factors.

In this Special Issue, we invite papers focusing on, but not limited to, actionable approaches to understand, assess, and implement landscape connectivity in dynamic systems. Submissions may include:

  • Case studies of dynamic connectivity analyses or implementation;
  • Approaches to address specific challenges in dynamic systems;
  • Overviews of best practices and lessons learned for researchers and practitioners;
  • Explorations of the role of social networks and collaborative efforts in successful dynamic connectivity planning and implementation;
  • Approaches for stakeholder engagement, plan delivery, decision-making strategies, and implementation actions.

Prof. Rebecca Lewison
Dr. Megan Jennings
Dr. Katherine Zeller
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Land is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • connectivity
  • dynamic
  • conservation planning
  • climate change
  • land-use change
  • migration
  • spatiotemporal variability
  • corridors

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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