This edition is a major contribution to botanical and ecological literature, and provides comprehensive coverage of the major vegetation types of North America from the arctic tundra of Alaska to the tropical forests of Central America. Each chapter describes the composition, architecture, environment, and conservation status of each ecosystem. In addition, information is included on the abiotic environment, paleoecology, productivity, nutrient cycling, autoecological behavior of dominant species, environmental issues, management problems, the role of natural disturbance, and critical areas for future research. This edition has additional chapters on freshwater wetlands, coastal marine wetlands, temperate Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Hawaiian Islands. Every chapter has been thoroughly updated and now includes information on habitat loss and restoration-preservation programs. This is an outstanding edition of a well-received text and it is essential reading for students and researchers in plant science, ecology, and conservation.
• A major contribution to botanical and ecological literature that provides comprehensive coverage of the major vegetation types of North America • This edition has new chapters on freshwater wetlands, coastal marine wetlands, temperate Mexico, the Caribbean Islands, and the Hawaiian Islands • Highly illustrated with many diagrams, photographs, and tables
Contributors; Preface to the first edition; Preface to the second edition; 1. Arctic tundra and polar desert biome Lawrence C. Bliss; 2. The taiga and boreal forest Deborah L. Elliot-Fisk; 3. Forests and meadows of the Rocky Mountains Robert K. Peet; 4. Pacific northwest forests Jerry F. Franklin and Charles B. Halpern; 5. California upland forests and woodlands Michael G. Barbour and Richard A. Minnich; 6. Chaparral Jon E. Keeley; 7. Intermountain valleys and lower mountain slopes Neil E. West and James A. Young; 8. Warm deserts James A. MacMahon; 9. Grasslands Phillip L. Sims and Paul G. Risser; 10. Eastern deciduous forests Hazel R. Delcourt and Paul A. Delcourt; 11. Vegetation of the southeastern coastal plain Norman L. Christensen; 12. Freshwater wetlands Curtis J. Richardson; 13. Saltmarshes and mangroves Irving A. Mendelssohn and Karen L. McKee; 14. Alpine vegetation William Dwight Billings; 15. Mexican temperate vegetation Alejandro Velázquez, Victor Manuel Toledo and Isolda Luna; 16. The Caribbean Ariel E. Lugo, Julio Figueroa Colón and Frederick N. Scatena; 17. Tropical and subtropical vegetation of Mesoamerica Gary S. Hartshorn; 18. Vegetation of the Hawaiian Islands Lloyd L. Loope; Subject index; Species index.
'Far more than a mere compilation of vegetation types, this book synthesizes our current history of the understanding of the history, dynamics, and physical setting of the continent's plant cover … a text and a reference for field scientists at all levels … it is unsurpassed as a guide to the vegetation blanketing North America and to the processes structuring that vegetation.' Ecology
'… a mine of information that should be on the library shelves.' Bulletin of the British Ecological Society
'… can be recommended to all research groups where botany or ecology is studied.' Zsuzanna Benko, Journal of Plant Physiology