Synopses & Reviews
In this book, the author details for the first time this fascinating relationship between wingless-seeded pine trees and seed-dispersing Corvids (nutcrackers and jays), showing how mutualism can drive not only each others' evolution, but affect the ecology of many other members of the surrounding ecosystem as well. Focusing on the Rocky Mountains and the American Southwest, and ranging as far afield as the Alps, Finland, Siberia, and China, this beautifully illustrated and gracefully written work illuminates the phenomenon of co-evolution.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -154) and index.
About the Author
Ronald M. Lanner
is Professor Emeritus of Forest Resources at Utah State University. He is the author of a number of books, including The Piñon Pine
, Trees of the Great Basin
, Autumn Leaves: A Guide to the Fall Colors of the Northwoods
, and the forthcoming, The Conifers of California
Table of Contents
2. The Genus of Pines
3. Stone Pine Seeds and Cones
4. The Pine Birds
5. The Top-of-the-Line Pinivore
7. Other Arrangements
8. Who Needs Clark's Nutcracker?
9. Building Ecosystems
10. The Odd Couple
11. Pine Nuts and People
14. Is the Keystone Slipping?