Australian Rainforests: Islands of Green in a Land of Fire

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Overview

This book is the first comprehensive overview of the diverse literature that attempts to solve the puzzle of the archipelago of rainforest habitats in Australia. It is essential reading for all ecologists, foresters, conservation biologists, and others interested in the biogeography and ecology of Australian rainforests.
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"Through his mastery of the relevant literature (and excellent reference list), Bowman provides ample evidence to support or refute the proposed hypotheses. Highly recommended for those interested in Australian vegetation." Choice

"An excellent review of rainforests in Australia, Mr. Bowman's analysis will encourage further work on the paleobotanical and paleoecological history of Australia and will pave the way for contemporary efforts to save these rainforests for future generations." Chicago Botanic Garden

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521057875
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

David Bowman is Professor of Forest Ecology in the School of Plant Science at the University of Tasmania. He uses a range of tools, including remote sensing and geographic information analysis, stable isotopes, ecophysiological analysis, mathematical modelling, biological survey and molecular analysis to understand how Australian landscapes have evolved in response to climatic change, varying fire regimes, the introduction of large vertebrate herbivores, and the impacts of contemporary and prehistoric management.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 What is Australian rainforest? 25
3 The sclerophyll problem 48
4 The edaphic theory I. The control of rainforest by soil phosphorus 68
5 The edaphic theory II. Soil types, drainage, and fertility 84
6 The climate theory I. Water stress 99
7 The climate theory II. Light and temperature 134
8 The fire theory I. Field evidence 156
9 The fire theory II. Fire, nutrient cycling, and topography 185
10 The fire theory III. Fire frequency, succession, and ecological drift 196
11 The fire theory IV. Aboriginal landscape burning 218
12 The fire theory V. Aridity and the evolution of flammable forests 250
13 The fire theory VI. Fire management and rainforest conservation 279
14 Summary 285
References 289
Index 327
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