Forest Ecosystems

ISBN-10: 080184987X
ISBN-13: 9780801849879
Edition: 1995
Authors: David A. Perry
List price: $58.00
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Description: A textbook for advanced students of forest science, ecology, and environmental studies as well as a reference for professionals in these fields, Forest Ecosystems offers a comprehensive survey of the structure and functioning of forest ecosystems  More...

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Book details

List price: $58.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.486
Language: English

A textbook for advanced students of forest science, ecology, and environmental studies as well as a reference for professionals in these fields, Forest Ecosystems offers a comprehensive survey of the structure and functioning of forest ecosystems worldwide: temperate, tropical, and boreal. Basic ecological concepts are stressed throughout, at scales ranging from the global to the microscopic. The text begins with an introduction to the basic elements of the science of ecology and the role of forests in the global ecosystem. The opening chapters describe how climate influences large-scale distribution of vegetation types, and how global warming might influence that distribution. After a look at factors that influence landscape patterns, the focus shifts to topics that include temporal dynamics, biological diversity, and soils. Subsequent chapters deal with primary productivity, nutrient cycling, herbivory, ecosystem stability, and factors contributing to ecosystem collapse such as acid rain and mismanagement. A concluding chapter discusses principles of sustainable forest management.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Basic Terminology and Concepts
Forests as Part of the Global Ecosystem
Major Forest Types and Their Climatic Controls
Local Variation in Community Type: The Landscape Mosaic
Change in Time: An Overview
Disturbance in Forest Ecosystems
Patterns and Mechanisms of Succession
The Structure of Local Ecosystems
How Biodiversity Is Created and Maintained
The Biological Web: Interactions Among Species
Interactions Among Conspecifics: The Self-Thinning Rule
Genetic and Evolutionary Aspects of Interactions: Coevolution, Group Selection, and Genetic Interfaces
The Soil Ecosystem
Primary Productivity
Forest Nutrition
Biogeochemical Cycling: Nutrient Inputs to and Losses from Local Ecosystems
Biogeochemical Cycling: The Intrasystem Cycle
Herbivores in Forest Ecosystems
Ecosystem Stability I: Introduction and Case Studies of Pollution and Management-Related Degradation
Ecosystem Stability II: The Role of Biodiversity
Ecosystem Stability III: Conserving Species
The Future
Bibliography
Index

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