Currently considered a bridge between basic and Twopossibilities exist to expand landscape ecol- applied ecology, landscape ecology occupies an ogy: one consists of developing new research, and important new niche in ecology,representing a new the other in developing a good educational frame- star in the galaxy of the ecological sciences. work. Both are important and not in conflict. In this However, the broad spectrum of conceptual and spirit I have prepared this book, with the aim of methodological approaches has created a non- summarizing the best theories, concepts, principles focused science strongly influenced by the more and methods in landscape ecology. It is an attempt dominant disciplines, such as landscape planning to reinforce the ecological research perspective, to and restoration, forest management, landscape consolidate principles and methods, validate proce- architecture etc. dures and reconcile different positions, including The uncertain position of landscape ecology the geobotanic, animal and human perspectives. among the ecological disciplines is in contradiction The concept is very simple. I have no ambition with the general recognition that landscape is a spa- to present new ideas and theories: I have worked to tial dimension in which important ecological create a tool mainly for classroom use but also processes occur, and landscape is becoming very appealing to a broad range of scientists and practi- popular in many ecology-related fields, from plant tioners dealing with landscape ecology and its disease to animal behaviour. problems.