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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 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $58.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
|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|
|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|