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Plant Ecology
Origins, Processes, Consequences

2nd Edition

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  • Publication planned for: April 2017
  • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2017
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107114234

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  • Presenting a global and interdisciplinary approach to plant ecology, this much-awaited new edition of the book Plants and Vegetation integrates classical themes with the latest ideas, models, and data. Keddy draws on extensive teaching experience to bring the field to life, guiding students through essential concepts with numerous real-world examples and full-colour illustrations throughout. The chapters begin by presenting the wider picture of the origin of plants and their impact on the Earth, before exploring the search for global patterns in plants and vegetation. Chapters on resources, stress, competition, herbivory, and mutualism explore causation, and a concluding chapter on conservation addresses the concern that one-third of all plant species are at risk of extinction. The scope of this edition is broadened further by a new chapter on population ecology, along with extensive examples including South African deserts, the Guyana Highlands of South America, Himalayan forests and arctic alpine environments.

    • Written in a lively and engaging style by an experienced teacher, guiding students through essential concepts with numerous real-world examples and full-colour illustrations throughout
    • Emphasizes unifying, underlying principles and processes, encouraging students to explore and discover more about this fascinating field
    • Detailed further reading lists and study questions within each chapter reinforce learning for both undergraduate and graduate students
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    Advance praise: 'Keddy's Plant Ecology is a refreshing synthesis of the core concepts of the discipline. It is a remarkably readable book that is brimming with vivid stories about the central role of plants in the biosphere. This milestone in the canon of ecological literature pays homage to the previous generations of plant ecologists that built the field as we know it. The organisation is unconventional yet intuitive, the prose is animated yet enlightening, and the revised figures are both colourful and instructive. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to acquire a broad understanding of plant ecology.' Daniel Laughlin, The University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Advance praise: 'In the early pages of this distinctive and engaging book Paul Keddy explains the underrated foundational role of plants in the origin of life on Earth. This is followed in masterfully discerning style over several chapters by arguments and evidence in which he champions the plant ecologists who are advancing specific sets of plant functional traits as the basis of vegetation patterns and as key factors in ecosystem structure and dynamics and responses to climate and management. Finally in conclusion, Keddy identifies and reproaches Man as the remorseless destroyer of our plant heritage and casts a critical eye at current efforts at conservation and restoration.' Philip Grime, Buxton Climate Change Impacts Lab, University of Sheffield

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Publication planned for: April 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107114234
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 mm
    • contains: 187 b/w illus. 192 colour illus. 64 tables 89 exercises
    • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2017
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Plants create the biosphere
    2. The search for global patterns
    3. Resources
    4. Competition
    5. Disturbance
    6. Herbivores
    7. Positive interactions
    8. Time
    9. Populations
    10. Stress
    11. Gradient and plant communities
    12. Diversity
    13. Conservation and management
    Questions for review
    References
    Glossary
    Index.

  • Author

    Paul A. Keddy
    Paul A. Keddy has taught plant ecology for more than thirty years. He is often a conference keynote speaker, and delights in bringing science alive for his audience. Dr Keddy's research explores environmental factors that control plant communities and their manipulation to maintain and restore biodiversity. His awards include a National Wetlands Award for Science Research, and his first edition of Wetland Ecology (Cambridge, 2000) won the Society of Wetland Scientists' Merit Award. He has also advised organisations including the World Wildlife Fund, Earthjustice, and The Nature Conservancy.

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