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Bryophyte Ecology and Climate Change

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Nancy G. Slack, Zoltán Tuba, Michael C. F. Proctor, Edit Ötvös, Ildikó Jócsák, Niina M. Lappalainen, Anna Hyyryläinen, Satu Huttunen, Janice Glime, Javier Martinez-Abaigar, Encarnación Núñez-Oliver, Lloyd R. Stark, D. Nicholas McLetchie, Stanley D. Smith, Melvin J. Oliver, John C. Brinda, Catherine Fernando, Jorge Jácome, S. Robbert Gradstein, Michael Kessler, Annika K. Jägerbrand, Robert G. Björk, Terry Callaghan, Rod Seppelt, Daniela Hohenwallner, Harold G. Zechmeister, Dietmar Moserm, Harald Pauli, Michael Gottfried, Karl Reiter, Georg Grabherr, Melanie Vile, Kimberli D. Scott, Erin Brault, R. Kellman Wieder, Dale H. Vitt, Aleksei V. Naumov, Natalia P. Kosykh, Janos Nagy, Gusztáv Jakab, Pál Sümegi, Tamás Pócs, Jeffrey W. Bates, Christopher D. Preston, Barbara J. Anderson, Ralf Ohlemuller, Cecília Sérgio, Rui Figueira, Rui Menezes, Steven Rice, Nathali Neal, Jesse Mango, Kelly Black, L. Dennis Gignac
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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521757775

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  • Bryophytes, especially mosses, represent a largely untapped resource for monitoring and indicating effects of climate change on the living environment. They are tied very closely to the external environment and have been likened to ‘canaries in the coal mine'. Bryophyte Ecology and Climate Change is the first book to bring together a diverse array of research in bryophyte ecology, including physiology, desiccation tolerance, photosynthesis, temperature and UV responses, under the umbrella of climate change. It covers a great variety of ecosystems in which bryophytes are important, including aquatic, desert, tropical, boreal, alpine, Antarctic, and Sphagnum-dominated wetlands, and considers the effects of climate change on the distribution of common and rare species as well as the computer modeling of future changes. This book should be of particular value to individuals, libraries, and research institutions interested in global climate change.

    • The first book on the subject of bryophytes as indicators of climate change, providing a valuable resource for studying this hot topic
    • Covers a wide range of ecosystems and geographical ranges providing knowledge and methods applicable in whatever ecosystem researchers are working - from peatland to alpine to desert
    • Models are included for predicting future changes, giving valuable insight into the present and probable future effects of climate change
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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521757775
    • length: 528 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 24 mm
    • weight: 1.03kg
    • contains: 79 b/w illus. 26 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Preface
    Part I. Introductory Chapters:
    1. The ecological value of bryophytes as indicators of climate change Nancy G. Slack
    2. Bryophyte physiological processes in a changing climate: an overview Zoltán Tuba
    Part II. Ecophysiology:
    3. Climatic responses and limits of bryophytes: comparisons and contrasts with vascular plants Michael C. F. Proctor
    4. Effects of elevated air CO2 on bryophytes: a review Zoltán Tuba, Edit Ötvös and Ildikó Jócsák
    5. Seasonal and interannual variability of light and UV acclimation in mosses Niina M. Lappalainen, Anna Hyyryläinen and Satu Huttunen
    Part III. Aquatic Bryophytes:
    6. Ecological and physiological effects of changing climate on aquatic bryophytes Janice Glime
    7. Aquatic bryophytes under ultraviolet radiation Javier Martinez-Abaigar and Encarnación Núñez-Oliver
    Part IV. Desert and Tropical Ecosystems:
    8. Responses of a biological crust moss to increased monsoon precipitation and nitrogen deposition in the Mojave desert Lloyd R. Stark, D. Nicholas McLetchie, Stanley D. Smith and Melvin J. Oliver
    9. Ecology of bryophytes in Mojave desert biological soil crusts: effects of elevated CO2 on sex expression, stress tolerance, and productivity in the moss Syntrichia caninervis Mitt. John C. Brinda, Catherine Fernando and Lloyd R. Stark
    10. Responses of epiphytic bryophyte communities to simulated climate change in the tropics Jorge Jácome, S. Robbert Gradstein and Michael Kessler
    Part V. Alpine, Arctic, and Antarctic Ecosystems:
    11. Effects of climate change on tundra bryophytes Annika K. Jägerbrand, Robert G. Björk, Terry Callaghan and Rod Seppelt
    12. Alpine bryophytes as indicators for climate change: a case study from the Austrian Alps Daniela Hohenwallner, Harold G. Zechmeister, Dietmar Moserm, Harald Pauli, Michael Gottfried, Karl Reiter and Georg Grabherr
    13. Bryophytes and lichens in a changing climate: an Antarctic perspective Rod D. Seppelt
    Part VI. Sphagnum and Peatlands:
    14. Living on the edge: the effects of drought on Canada's western boreal peatlands Melanie Vile, Kimberli D. Scott, Erin Brault, R. Kellman Wieder and Dale H. Vitt
    15. The structure and functional features of sphagnum cover of the northern west Siberian mires in connection with forecasting global environmental and climatic changes Aleksei V. Naumov and Natalia P. Kosykh
    16. The southernmost sphagnum-dominated mires on the plains of Europe: formation, secondary succession, degradation and protection Janos Nagy
    Part VII. Changes in Bryophyte Distribution with Climate Change: Data and Models:
    17. The role of bryophyte paleoecology in quaternary climate reconstructions Gusztáv Jakab and Pál Sümegi
    18. Signs of climate change in the bryoflora of Hungary Tamás Pócs
    19. Can the effects of climate change on British bryophytes be distinguished from those resulting from other environmental changes? Jeffrey W. Bates and Christopher D. Preston
    20. Climate change and protected areas: how well do our rare bryophytes fare? Barbara J. Anderson and Ralf Ohlemuller
    21. Modeling the distribution of Sematophyllum substrumulosum (Hampe) E. Britton as a signal of climatic changes in Europe Cecília Sérgio, Rui Figueira and Rui Menezes
    22. Modelling bryophyte productivity across gradients of water availability using canopy form-function relationships Steven Rice, Nathali Neal, Jesse Mango and Kelly Black
    Part VIII. Conclusions:
    23. Bryophytes as predictors of greenhouse gas enrichment and current climate change L. Dennis Gignac
    24. Conclusions Nancy G. Slack and Lloyd R. Stark
    Index.

  • Editors

    Zoltán Tuba
    Zoltán Tuba (1951–2009) was an internationally-known ecophysiologist based at Szent Istvan University, Gödöllö, Hungary. He established the first experimental Hungarian research station and field laboratory at Gödöllö for research on global climate change. His research covered a broad range of topics and he was one of the first to work on desiccation tolerance of bryophytes under elevated CO2.

    Nancy G. Slack, Sage Colleges, New York
    Nancy Slack teaches bryophyte ecology at the Humboldt Field Research Institute (ME) and is Professor of Biology Emerita at the Sage Colleges, Troy, NY. She has conducted research in bryology and plant ecology in the US, Canada and Sweden, especially on peatland and alpine ecosystems. She was recently President of the American Bryological and Lichenological Society (ABLS).

    Lloyd R. Stark, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Lloyd Stark is a plant reproductive ecologist interested in explanations of unbalanced sex ratios in bryophytes, how mosses respond to abiotic stress and climate change, and the factors limiting sexual reproduction in mosses. Lloyd is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he has recently been honored as the College of Sciences Teacher of the Year for his courses in ecology and general biology.

    Contributors

    Nancy G. Slack, Zoltán Tuba, Michael C. F. Proctor, Edit Ötvös, Ildikó Jócsák, Niina M. Lappalainen, Anna Hyyryläinen, Satu Huttunen, Janice Glime, Javier Martinez-Abaigar, Encarnación Núñez-Oliver, Lloyd R. Stark, D. Nicholas McLetchie, Stanley D. Smith, Melvin J. Oliver, John C. Brinda, Catherine Fernando, Jorge Jácome, S. Robbert Gradstein, Michael Kessler, Annika K. Jägerbrand, Robert G. Björk, Terry Callaghan, Rod Seppelt, Daniela Hohenwallner, Harold G. Zechmeister, Dietmar Moserm, Harald Pauli, Michael Gottfried, Karl Reiter, Georg Grabherr, Melanie Vile, Kimberli D. Scott, Erin Brault, R. Kellman Wieder, Dale H. Vitt, Aleksei V. Naumov, Natalia P. Kosykh, Janos Nagy, Gusztáv Jakab, Pál Sümegi, Tamás Pócs, Jeffrey W. Bates, Christopher D. Preston, Barbara J. Anderson, Ralf Ohlemuller, Cecília Sérgio, Rui Figueira, Rui Menezes, Steven Rice, Nathali Neal, Jesse Mango, Kelly Black, L. Dennis Gignac

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