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Fern Ecology

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Joanne M. Sharpe, Klaus Mehltreter, Lawrence R. Walker, Michael Kessler, Sarah J. Richardson, Peter Hietz, Roderick Robinson, Elizabeth Sheffield
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  • Date Published: July 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521728201

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  • Ferns are an integral part of the world’s flora, appreciated for their beauty as ornamentals, problematic as invaders and endangered by human interference. They often dominate forest understories, but also colonize open areas, invade waterways, and survive nutrient-poor wastelands and eroded pastures. This is the first comprehensive summary of fern ecology, with worldwide examples from Siberia to Hawaii. Topics include a brief history of the ecological study of ferns, their biogeography and population dynamics, their role in ecosystem nutrient cycles and adaptations to xeric environments, and their responses to disturbance and interactions with other organisms. Fully illustrated concepts provide a framework for students and professionals in ecology, conservation, and land management, and a wealth of information for anyone interested in ferns.

    • A comprehensive summary of extensive world wide research on fern ecology, a reliable framework for future research and fieldwork
    • Includes detailed examples of world wide fern research, from Siberia to Hawaii, to illustrate concepts effectively
    • Covers common ecological principles and broader socio-economic issues, for students, researchers and professional ecologists, conservationists and land managers
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    "The extensive end-of-chapter bibliographies and excellent glossary are commendable. Illustrated with black-and-white and some color photographs, this is a valuable scholarly contribution to the knowledge of ferns, an integral part of the world's flora."
    L.G. Kavaljian, California State University, Sacramento, Choice Magazine

    "This comprehensive treatment of fern ecology makes it clear that ferns can be the exemplars for any major concept in biology and that are temperate zone bias has led to many misconceptions about the more than 10,00 extant species of ferns and fern allies. Fern Ecology is an excellent introduction to this rapidly growing field. The comprehensive and detailed nature of the treatment might lead you to believe that this scholarly book should be used as a reference. However, the authors and editors have done an excellent job at making this an enjoyable and engaging read for anyone interested in ferns."
    Marshall D. Sundberg, Emporia State University for Plant Science Bulletin

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    • Date Published: July 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521728201
    • length: 474 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 93 b/w illus. 14 colour illus. 32 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Ecological importance of ferns Joanne M. Sharpe, Klaus Mehltreter and Lawrence R. Walker
    2. Biogeography of ferns Michael Kessler
    3. Ecological insights from fern population dynamics Joanne M. Sharpe and Klaus Mehltreter
    4. Nutrient ecology of ferns Sarah J. Richardson and Lawrence R. Walker
    5. Fern adaptations to xeric environments Peter Hietz
    6. Ferns, disturbance and succession Lawrence R. Walker and Joanne M. Sharpe
    7. Interactions of ferns with fungi and animals Klaus Mehltreter
    8. Problem ferns: their impact and management Roderick Robinson, Elizabeth Sheffield and Joanne M. Sharpe
    9. Fern conservation Klaus Mehltreter
    10. Current and future directions in fern ecology Lawrence R. Walker, Klaus Mehltreter and Joanne M. Sharpe.

  • Editors

    Klaus Mehltreter, Instituto de Ecologia, A.C., Xalapa, Mexico
    Klaus Mehltreter is researcher and professor at the Ecological Institute of Xalapa, Mexico. His research focuses on the ecology of tropical ferns in cloud forests, coastal mangroves and seasonally dry forests. He is author of over 25 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, coauthor of two floristic books (LOLA, Argentina) and co-editor of the book Biodiversity and Conservation in Coffee Agroecosystems (INECOL and INE, Mexico). He is a fellow of the Mexican research system (SNI, 2004-present). He is a life member of the IAPT and the American Fern Society, active member of the British Pteridological Society and the Association of Tropical Biology, and founding member of the Ecological Society of Mexico. In 2009-10 he spent a sabbatical year at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

    Lawrence R. Walker, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Lawrence R. Walker is a Professor of Plant Ecology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received his Ph.D. in 1985 from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. His research focuses on the mechanisms that drive plant succession, particularly primary succession on volcanoes, landslides, glacial moraines, floodplains, dunes, mine tailings and abandoned roads. He has co-written or co-edited four books on disturbance ecology, succession and restoration, published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, and is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher with over 2500 peer citations of his work. Walker received a Fulbright Award in 2004 for work in Iceland and has received three Distinguished Researcher awards from the University of Nevada. In 2009–10 he was the Wilder Chair in Botany at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

    Joanne M. Sharpe
    Joanne M. Sharpe is an independent consultant specializing in fern ecology, long-term studies, the role of amateurs in ecological research, and education. She received her Ph.D. in Botany at the University of Georgia in 1988. She is currently a Research Associate with the NSF-funded Luquillo Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program in Puerto Rico where for the past 18 years she has monitored fern growth and spore production as part of rainforest productivity, hurricane impact and demographic research projects. She has published 10 articles and presented interim results at numerous professional meetings. She compiles the Annual Review of Pteridological Research for the International Association of Pteridologists and manages their membership database thus maintaining contact with pteridologists throughout the world.

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    Joanne M. Sharpe, Klaus Mehltreter, Lawrence R. Walker, Michael Kessler, Sarah J. Richardson, Peter Hietz, Roderick Robinson, Elizabeth Sheffield

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