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Forest Dynamics and Disturbance Regimes (Cambridge Studies in Ecology)by Lee E. Frelich
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Lee Frelich provides a major contribution to the study of temperate-zone forest dynamics by considering three important themes: the combined influence of wind, fire, and herbivory on the successional trajectories and structural characteristics of forests; the interaction of deciduous and evergreen tree species to form mosiacs; and the significance of temporal and spatial scale with regard to the overall impact of disturbances. These themes are explored via case studies from the forests in the Lake States of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, where the presence of large primary forest remnants provides a unique opportunity to study the long-term dynamics of near-boreal, pine, and hardwood-hemlock forests.
Considers the influence of wind, fire and grazing on forest dynamics.
Temperate-zone forests are being shaped continuously by windstorms, forest fires and grazing animals. This book considers these disturbances and consequent issues such as recovery from disturbance, the changing composition of tree species within the forest and the formation of mosaics of different forest types across the landscape. The book is based on case studies from the forests in the Lake States of the USA (Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan). The comparability of these forests to forests in other temperate zones allows more widely-applicable generalizations to be synthesised.
About the Author
Lee Frelich is a Research Associate in the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota, St Paul and Founder Director of the University of Minnesota Center for Hardwood Ecology. His research experience spans studies of the impact of acid rain on forest growth, paleoecological studies of forest change, tree population dynamics, old-growth forest dynamics and forest disturbance ecology, including the effects of fire, windstorms and grazing.
Table of Contents
Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. The forest setting; 2. The disturbance regime and its components; 3. Sampling and interpretation of stand disturbance history; 4. Disturbance, stand development, and successional trajectories; 5. The study of disturbance and landscape structure; 6. The disturbance regime and landscape structure; 7. Disturbance in fragmented landscapes; 8. Forest stability over time and space; References; Appendix I; Index.
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