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An integrative approach to successional dynamics, tempo and mode of vegetation change, Scott J. Meiners (Eastern Illinois University, USA), Steward T.A. Pickett (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, NY, USA), Mary L. Cadenasso (University of California, Davis, USA).

Much of what is considered conventional wisdom about succession is not as clear cut as it is generally believed. Yet, the importance of succession in ecology is undisputed since it offers a real insight into the dynamics and structure of all plant communities. Part monograph and part conceptual treatise, An Integrative Approach to Successional Dynamics presents a unifying conceptual framework for dynamic plant communities and uses a unique long-term data set to explore the utility of that framework. The fourteen chapters, each written in a nontechnical style and accompanied by numerous illustrations and examples, cover diverse aspects of succession, including: community, population and disturbance dynamics, diversity, community assembly, heterogeneity, functional ecology and biological invasion. This unique text will be a great source of reference for researchers and graduate students in ecology and plant biology and others with an interest in the subject
Table Of Contents
Goals, concepts and definitions -- History and context of the Buell-Small succession study -- Succession theory -- Conceptual frameworks and integration: drivers and theory -- Community patterns and dynamics -- Dynamics of populations through succession -- Impacts of drought and other disturbances on succession -- Dynamics of diversity -- Convergence and community assembly -- Successional equivalence of native and non-native species -- Heterogeneity in dynamic systems -- The functional ecology of community dynamics -- Succession, habitat management and restoration -- Where we stand: lessons and opportunities
Literary Form
non fiction
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1 online resource (303 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
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