Laura Musacchio (Landscape Architecture) participated as a member of an international scientific panel at the closing plenary session of the 2007 World Congress of Landscape Ecology that was held in Wageningen, the Netherlands in July. Participants were asked to present their perspective of the most important emerging trends in landscape ecology. Musacchio identified three trends: the importance of translational research as model for collaboration; the emerging importance of urban ecology at the international level; and the need to investigate the scientific basis of design and landscape sustainability. In addition, she co-organized a symposium at the World Congress, the Scientific Basis for the Design of Landscape Sustainability, which will be published as special issue of Landscape Ecology.
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