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Forest Ecology. An Evidence-Based Approach. Edition No. 1

  • Book
  • 288 Pages
  • September 2021
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • ID: 5239161
Forest Ecology

Forest Ecology

An Evidence-Based Approach

Forest ecology is the science that deals with everything in forests, including plants and animals (and their interactions), the features of the environment that affect plants and animals, and the interactions of humans and forests. All of these components of forests interact across scales of space and time. Some interactions are constrained, deterministic, and predictable; but most are indeterminant, contingent, and only broadly predictable.

Forest Ecology: An Evidence-Based Approach examines the features common to all forests, and those unique cases that illustrate the importance of site-specific factors in determining the structure, function, and future of a forest. The author emphasizes the role of evidence in forest ecology, because appealing, simple stories often lead to misunderstandings about how forests work. A reliance on evidence is central to distinguishing between appealing stories and stories that actually fit real forests.

The evidence-based approach emphasizes the importance of real-world, observable science in forests. Classical approaches to ecology in the twentieth century often over-emphasized appealing concepts that were not sufficiently based on real forests. The vast amount of information now available on forests allows a more complete coverage of forest ecology that relies on a strong, empirical foundation.

Forest Ecology: An Evidence-Based Approach is the ideal companion text for the teaching of upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in forest ecology.

Table of Contents




Chapter 1:  The nature of forest

Chapter 2:  Forest environments

Chapter 3:  Evolution and adaptation in forests

Chapter 4:  Physiology and life history of trees

Chapter 5:  Ecology of wildlife in forests

Chapter 6:  Forest soils, nutrient cycling, and hydrology

Chapter 7:  Ecology of growth of trees and forests

Chapter 8:  Forests across space

Chapter 9:  Forests through time

Chapter 10:  Events in forests:  winds, insects and diseases

Chapter 11:  Events in forests:  fire

Chapter 12:  Events in forests:  management

Chapter 13:  Conservation, sustainability and restoration of forests

Chapter 14:  Forests of the future




Dan Binkley Duke University.