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Vegetation Ecology. 2nd Edition
John Wiley and Sons Ltd, December 2012, Pages: 572
Vegetation Ecology is a comprehensive account of plant communities and their environments. Written by leading experts in their field from four continents, this up-to-date, innovative text:
- covers the composition, structure, ecology, diversity, distribution and dynamics of plant communities, with an emphasis on functional adaptations to the abiotic and biotic processes governing plant communities;
- reviews the modern developments in vegetation ecology in a historical perspective;
- presents a coherent view on vegetation ecology while integrating population ecology, dispersal biology, biotic interactions, herbivory, interactions with soil organisms and ecosystem ecology; and
- tackles applied aspects of vegetation ecology, notably nature management, restoration ecology and global change studies.
Aimed at advanced undergraduates, graduates and researchers in plant ecology, geography, forestry and nature conservation, Vegetation Ecology takes an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach and will be welcomed as an essential reference for plant ecologists the world over.
List of contributors.
1. Vegetation ecology - an overview: Eddy van der Maarel (University of Groningen).
2. Vegetation and environment: discontinuities and continuities: M.P. Austin (CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems).
3. Vegetation and ecosystems: Christoph Leuschner (Universitat Gottingen).
4. Vegetation types and their broad-scale distribution: Elgene O. Box (University of Georgia) & Kazue Fujiwara (Yokohama National University).
5. Clonal plants in the community: Brita M. Svensson (Uppsala University), Hakan Rydin (Uppsala University) & Bengt A Carlsson ((Uppsala University).
6. Plant dispersal potential and its relation to species frequency and co-existence: Peter Poschlod (University of Regensburg), Oliver Tackenberg (University of Regensburg) & Susanne Bonn (University of Regensburg).
7. Vegetation dynamics: Steward T.A. Pickett (Institute of Ecosystem Studies) & Mary L. Cadenasso (Institute of Ecosystem Studies).
8. Diversity and ecosystem function: Jan Leps (University of South Bohemia/Czech Academy of Sciences).
9. Species interactions structuring plant communities: Jelte van Andel (University of Groningen).
10. Terrestrial plant-herbivore interactions: integrating across multiple determinants and trophic levels: Mahesh Sankaran (Imperial College at Silwood Park/Colorado State University) & S.J. McNaughton (Syracuse University).
11. Interaction between higher plants and soil-dwelling organisms: Thomas W Kuyper (Wageningen University) & Ron G.M. de Goede (Wageningen University)12. Vegetation conservation, management and restoration: Jan P. Bakker (University of Groningen).
13. Plant invasions and invasibility of plant communities: Marcel Rejmanek (University of California), David M. Richardson (University of Cape Town) & Petr Pysek (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic).
14. Vegetation ecology and global change: Brian Huntley (University of Durham) & Robert Baxter (University of Durham).
“This is an excellent compilation of papers presenting concepts of vegetation ecology… It covers the more important concepts delving deeper into [the subject]… and does a great job of applying general ecologic principles to vegetation.” Professor Evert Brown, Casper College.
“This edited volume by Van der Maarel is a significant contribution to the field of ecology and will be particularly important to individuals studying plant community processes” Professor Elise Pendall, University of Wyoming..
"I have looked over Eddy's outline for a multi-authored text on vegetation ecology. I think there is little doubt that there is an open niche for a textbook in this area. Also, Eddy has the background, insight and connections to produce a book that is both modern and comprehensive. The authors he has selected are generally strong and appropriate. I must start out with a strong affirmation that it is a good idea to work with Eddy on this project." Professor Robert Peet, University of Northern Carolina.
"This is a book that is likely to supply answers to tough or detailed questions for many years to come and should be in every library." BES Bulletin, June 2005