"Succession" is the term used to describe the phenomenon of changes in vegetational types in both time and space. The subject of the colonization and exploitation of "new" areas by plants is a key one in ecology and this book summarizes the theoretical arguments currently raging about the topic. With an emphasis on theory, this book has been written by an international team of recognized experts in the area and is an addition to the debate. This book should be of interest to advanced undergraduate and researchers/university teachers in ecology, population biology, botany, landscape design/architecture and natural resource management.
`... this book is useful in combining a summary of knowledge and ideas about succession to date and a forward looking discussion of the development of predictive ability in vegetation ecology.'
` ... the editors and publishers are to be congratulated on producing a multiauthor book that maintains stylistic coherence throughout, and develops a consistent theme logically through successive chapters. The result is an authoritative and readable account that all practising and would-be ecologists should consult.'
Journal of Ecology
`The authors certainly cover a lot of ground, providing definitions of some of the crucial, but difficult, concepts that have semantically bedeviled much research on succession... a number of solid and useful reviews... This book will be of value to upper level undergraduates, to graduate students, and to professional succession researchers who want a broader view of the field.'
Plant Science Bulletin
`An impressive array of authors have compiled an important contemporary synthesis of plant succession theory and what must be a focal reference text for researchers and lecturers...this is an excellent book...be an indipensable addition to the book shelf of ecologists interested in spatial and temporal community phenomena.'
Annals of Botany
Prologue. The nature of vegetation dynamics; D.C. Glenn-Lewin, E. van der Maarel. Establishment, colonization and persistence; A.G. van der Valk. Community structure and ecosystem properties; R.K. Peet. Regeneration dynamics; T.T. Veblen. From population dynamics to community dynamics: modeling succession as a species replacement process; R. van Hulst. Statistical models of succession; M.B. Usher. Individual-based models of forest succession; D.L. Urban, H.H. Shugart. Climate change and long-term vegetation dynamics; I.C. Prentice. Epilogue.
Series: Population and Community Biology Series
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 30th November 1992
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 1.54