Vegetation Ecology

Overview

Vegetation Ecology is a comprehensive account of plant communities and their environments. Written by leading experts in their field from four continents, this up-to-date, innovative text:
  • covers the composition, structure, ecology, diversity, distribution and dynamics of plant communities, with an emphasis on functional adaptations to the abiotic and biotic processes governing plant communities;
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Overview

Vegetation Ecology is a comprehensive account of plant communities and their environments. Written by leading experts in their field from four continents, this up-to-date, innovative text:
  • covers the composition, structure, ecology, diversity, distribution and dynamics of plant communities, with an emphasis on functional adaptations to the abiotic and biotic processes governing plant communities;
  • reviews the modern developments in vegetation ecology in a historical perspective;
  • presents a coherent view on vegetation ecology while integrating population ecology, dispersal biology, biotic interactions, herbivory, interactions with soil organisms and ecosystem ecology; and
  • tackles applied aspects of vegetation ecology, notably nature management, restoration ecology and global change studies.

Aimed at advanced undergraduates, graduates and researchers in plant ecology, geography, forestry and nature conservation, Vegetation Ecology takes an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach and will be welcomed as an essential reference for plant ecologists the world over.

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“This is an excellent compilation of papers presenting concepts of vegetation ecology… It covers the more important concepts delving deeper into [the subject]… and does a great job of applying general ecologic principles to vegetation.” Professor Evert Brown, Casper College

“This edited volume by Van der Maarel is a significant contribution to the field of ecology and will be particularly important to individuals studying plant community processes” Professor Elise Pendall, University of Wyoming.

"I have looked over Eddy's outline for a multi-authored text on vegetation ecology. I think there is little doubt that there is an open niche for a textbook in this area. Also, Eddy has the background, insight and connections to produce a book that is both modern and comprehensive. The authors he has selected are generally strong and appropriate. I must start out with a strong affirmation that it is a good idea to work with Eddy on this project." Professor Robert Peet, University of Northern Carolina

"This is a book that is likely to supply answers to tough or detailed questions for many years to come and should be in every library." BES Bulletin, June 2005

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444338898
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/14/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 572
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Eddy van der Maarel is former Vice-President of the International Association for Vegetation Science; one of the founding editors of the Journal of Vegetation Science; and an honorary member of the British Ecological Society, the Royal Botanical Society of the Netherlands and the Swedish Phytogeographical Society. He has a special interest in vegetation dynamics and the application of vegetation ecology in nature conservation and planning.
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Table of Contents

1 Vegetation ecology - an overview 1
2 Vegetation and environment : discontinuities and continuities 52
3 Vegetation and ecosystems 85
4 Vegetation types and their broad-scale distribution 106
5 Clonal plants in the community 129
6 Plant dispersal potential and its relation to species frequency and co-existence 147
7 Vegetation dynamics 172
8 Diversity and ecosystem function 199
9 Species interactions structuring plant communities 238
10 Terrestrial plant-herbivore interactions : integrating across multiple determinants and trophic levels 265
11 Interaction between higher plants and soil-dwelling organisms 286
12 Vegetation conservation, management and restoration 309
13 Plant invasions and invasibility of plant communities 332
14 Vegetation ecology and global change 356
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