Forest Ecosystems / Edition 2

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Overview

This acclaimed textbook is the most comprehensive available in the field of forest ecology. Designed for advanced students of forest science, ecology, and environmental studies, it is also an essential reference for forest ecologists, foresters, and land managers.

The authors provide an inclusive survey of boreal, temperate, and tropical forests with an emphasis on ecological concepts across scales that range from global to landscape to microscopic. Situating forests in the context of larger landscapes, they reveal the complex patterns and processes observed in tree-dominated habitats.

The updated and expanded second edition covers

• Conservation• Ecosystem services • Climate change• Vegetation classification• Disturbance• Species interactions• Self-thinning• Genetics• Soil influences• Productivity• Biogeochemical cycling• Mineralization• Effects of herbivory• Ecosystem stability

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Northeastern Naturalist
A fine review of the basic concepts in ecology focusing on forest ecosystems... An extensive bibliography and index ensure the usefulness of this book to students and professionals in forestry science, ecology, and environmental studies.
SciTech Book News
Communicates the complexity of nature at a level of detail that varies from fairly simple expositions of topics such as the world’s forest types and the subdisciplines of ecology to detailed discussions of processes such as productivity, succession, nutrient cycling, and stability.
Choice

Perry has made one of the truly major contributions to ecosystem science... Using straightforward language and simple, clear diagrams and tables Perry highlights significant concepts and theories of ecosystem science and comprehensively reviews literature on forest ecosystems from the past 25 years... A must for all forest ecology students and libraries.

Northwest Science
Merges practical forest management with lessons of conservation biology and basic ecology to create a forestry that comprises the entirety of things.
Southeastern Naturalist
This acclaimed textbook is the most comprehensive available in the field of forest ecology.
Choice
Perry has made one of the truly major contributions to ecosystem science... Using straightforward language and simple, clear diagrams and tables Perry highlights significant concepts and theories of ecosystem science and comprehensively reviews literature on forest ecosystems from the past 25 years... A must for all forest ecology students and libraries.
Booknews
A forest ecology textbook for advanced undergraduate to graduate students who may or may not have had a previous ecology course, as well as for practicing land managers, scientists, and policy makers. It communicates the complexity of nature at a level of detail that varies from fairly simple expositions of topics such as the world's forest types and the subdisciplines of ecology to detailed discussions of processes such as productivity, succession, nutrient cycling, and stability. Paper edition (unseen), $49.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801888403
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 6/19/2008
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 632
  • Sales rank: 605,685
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Perry is a professor of ecosystem studies at Oregon State University. He is lead editor of Maintaining Long-Term Productivity of Pacific Northwest Ecosystems. Ram Oren is a professor of ecology and chair of the Environmental Sciences and Policy Division of the Nichols School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University. Stephen C. Hart is a professor at Northern Arizona University's School of Forestry.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 Basic Terminology and Concepts 11

3 Forests as Part of the Global Ecosystem 21

4 Major Forest Types and Their Climatic Controls 41

5 Local Variation in Community Type: The Landscape Mosaic 60

6 Change in Time: An Overview 79

7 Disturbance in Forest Ecosystems 86

8 Patterns and Mechanisms of Succession 118

9 The Structure of Local Ecosystems 156

10 How Biodiversity Is Created and Maintained 190

11 The Biological Web: Interactions among Species 216

12 Size-Density Relationships in Forests over Time and across Space 242

13 Genetic and Evolutionary Aspects of Species Interactions 247

14 Soil: The Fundamental Resource 256

15 Primary Productivity 301

16 Forest Nutrition 333

17 Biogeochemical Cycling: Nutrient Inputs to and Losses from Local Ecosystems 347

18 Biogeochemical Cycling: The Intrasystem Cycle 372

19 Herbivores in Forest Ecosystems 409

20 Ecosystem Stability I: Introduction and Case Studies 438

21 Ecosystem Stability II: The Role of Biodiversity 464

22 Ecosystem Stability III: Conserving Species 480

23 The Future 503

Bibliography 521

Index 595

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