Forest Pattern and Ecological Process is a major synthesis of 25 years of intensive research about the montane ash forests of Victoria, which support the world's tallest flowering plants and several of Australia's most high profile threatened and/or endangered species. It draws together major insights based on over 170 published scientific papers and books, offering a previously unrecognised set of perspectives of how forests function. The book combines key strands of research on wildfires, biodiversity conservation, logging, conservation management, climate change and basic forest ecology and management. It is divided into seven sections: introduction and background; forest cover and the composition of the forest; the structure of the forest; animal occurrence; disturbance regimes; forest management; and overview and future directions. Illustrated with more than 200 photographs and line drawings, Forest Pattern and Ecological Process is an essential reference for forest researchers, resource managers, conservation and wildlife biologists, ornithologists and mammalogists, and policy makers, as well as general readers with interests in wildlife and forests. Features:* The extent of synthesis at a range of key levels * The depth of new perspectives on forest processes and ecological patterns in one of the world’s truly great forests – the montane ash forests * The breadth of past and very current research that is both pure and applied * The range of key topics and how they are inter-twined – wildfires, biodiversity conservation, logging, conservation management, climate change and basic forest ecology and management
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About the Author
David Lindenmayer is a Professor at The Australian National University. He has worked on the conservation of forests and their wildlife for more than 35 years. He has published 45 books and over 1100 scientific papers, and has broad interests in conservation biology, landscape ecology, vertebrate ecology, forest ecology and woodland conservation. He has received numerous awards and is a member of the Australian Academy of Science and an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow.
Table of Contents
PreamblePrefaceAcknowledgementsPart I: Introduction and backgroundChapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: BackgroundChapter 3: Field survey methodsPart II: Forest cover and composition of the forestChapter 4: The ash-type eucalypt forestChapter 5: The rainforestPart III: The structure of the forestChapter 6: Key structural features: overstorey trees with hollowsChapter 7: Key structural features: understorey trees and the shrub layerChapter 8: Key structural features: logsPart IV: Animal occurrenceChapter 9: Distribution and abundance of individual speciesChapter 10: Viability of populations of individual speciesChapter 11: Composition of animal communitiesPart V: Disturbance regimesChapter 12: Natural disturbance regimes: fireChapter 13: Human disturbance: logging Chapter 14: Salvage logging effectsPart VI: Forest management and biodiversity conservationChapter 15: ReservesChapter 16: Mitigating logging impactsChapter 17: MonitoringPart VII: Conclusions and future directionsChapter 18: Conclusions and future directionsBibliographyIndex