Forest Ecosystems

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-06-01

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This acclaimed textbook is the most comprehensive available in the field of forest ecology. Designed for advanced students of forest science, ecology, and environmental studies, it is also an essential reference for forest ecologists, foresters, and land managers.The authors provide an inclusive survey of boreal, temperate, and tropical forests with an emphasis on ecological concepts across scales that range from global to landscape to microscopic. Situating forests in the context of larger landscapes, they reveal the complex patterns and processes observed in tree-dominated habitats.The updated and expanded second edition covers Conservation Ecosystem services Climate change Vegetation classification Disturbance Species interactions Self-thinning Genetics Soil influences Productivity Biogeochemical cycling Mineralization Effects of herbivory Ecosystem stability

Author Biography

David A. Perry is a professor of ecosystem studies at Oregon State University. He is lead editor of Maintaining Long-Term Productivity of Pacific Northwest Ecosystems. Ram Oren is a professor of ecology and chair of the Environmental Sciences and Policy Division of the Nichols School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University. Stephen C. Hart is a professor at Northern Arizona University's School of Forestry.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Basic Terminology and Conceptsp. 11
Forests as Part of the Global Ecosystemp. 21
Major Forest Types and Their Climatic Controlsp. 41
Local Variation in Community Type: The Landscape Mosaicp. 60
Change in Time: An Overviewp. 79
Disturbance in Forest Ecosystemsp. 86
Patterns and Mechanisms of Successionp. 118
The Structure of Local Ecosystemsp. 156
How Biodiversity Is Created and Maintainedp. 190
The Biological Web: Interactions among Speciesp. 216
Size-Density Relationships in Forests over Time and across Spacep. 242
Genetic and Evolutionary Aspects of Species Interactionsp. 247
Soil: The Fundamental Resourcep. 256
Primary Productivityp. 301
Forest Nutritionp. 333
Biogeochemical Cycling: Nutrient Inputs to and Losses from Local Ecosystemsp. 347
Biogeochemical Cycling: The Intrasystem Cyclep. 372
Herbivores in Forest Ecosystemsp. 409
Ecosystem Stability I: Introduction and Case Studiesp. 438
Ecosystem Stability II: The Role of Biodiversityp. 464
Ecosystem Stability III: Conserving Speciesp. 480
The Futurep. 503
Bibliographyp. 521
Indexp. 595
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