Ecology and Biogeography of Mediterranean Ecosystems in Chile, California, and Australia

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Mediterranean-type ecosystems have provided ecologists with some of the most scientifically-rewarding opportunities to formulate and evaluate hypotheses about large and small-scale ecological phenomena. Comparison of mediterranean-type climate ecosystems in different parts of the world has not only permitted a strong test for ecological convergence, but also critical understanding of key ecophysiological and population processes.

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Overview

Mediterranean-type ecosystems have provided ecologists with some of the most scientifically-rewarding opportunities to formulate and evaluate hypotheses about large and small-scale ecological phenomena. Comparison of mediterranean-type climate ecosystems in different parts of the world has not only permitted a strong test for ecological convergence, but also critical understanding of key ecophysiological and population processes.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780387942667
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Series: Ecological Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 455

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Contributors
1 Quaternary History of the Mediterranean Vegetation of Chile 3
2 Evolution and History of Mediterranean Vegetation Types in Australia 21
3 Convergence in the Mediterranean Floras in Central Chile and California: Insights from Comparative Biogeography 43
4 Plant Life History and Dynamic Specialization in the Chaparral/Coastal Sage Shrub Flora in Southern California 89
5 Biogeography and Floral Evolution in the Geoblasteae (Orchidaceae) 116
6 Australian Mediterranean Vegetation: Intra- and Intercontinental Comparisons 137
7 Ecomorphological Characters as a Resource for Illustrating Growth-Form Convergence in Matorral, Chaparral, and Mallee 160
8 Underground Structures of Woody Plants in Mediterranean Ecosystems of Australia, California, and Chile 177
9 Mineral Nutrient Relations in Mediterranean Regions of California, Chile, and Australia 211
10 Seed-Germination Patterns in Fire-Prone Mediterranean-Climate Regions 239
11 Distribution and Ecological Significance of Seed-Embryo Types in Mediterranean Climates in California, Chile, and Australia 274
12 Modes of Seed Dispersal in the Mediterranean Regions in Chile, California, and Australia 289
13 Effect of Seed Predation on Plant Regeneration: Evidence from Pacific Basin Mediterranean Scrub Communities 311
14 Mediterranean Type of Climatic Adaptation in the Physiological Ecology of Rodent Species 347
15 Multivariate Comparisons of the Small-Mammal Faunas in Australian, Californian, and Chilean Shrublands 363
16 Role of Fossorial Animals in Community Structure and Energetics of Pacific Mediterranean Ecosystems 383
17 The Human Role in Changing Landscapes in Central Chile: Implications for Intercontinental Comparisons 401
18 Evaluating Causes and Mechanisms of Succession in the Mediterranean Regions in Chile and California 418
Species Index 435
Subject Index 449
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