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Western North American Juniperus Communities: A Dynamic Vegetation Type (Ecological Studies) Hardcover – December 6, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0387340029 ISBN-10: 0387340025 Edition: 2008th

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Product Details

  • Series: Ecological Studies (Book 196)
  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2008 edition (December 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387340025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387340029
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,171,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Juniperus woodlands and savannas in western North America are both extensive and dynamic, occupying approximately 55 million hectares. Various species of Juniperus have been increasing in density and are expanding into associated grasslands, reducing the size of the grasslands. The reason for the Juniperus expansion is highly debated, but seems to be related to high levels of herbivory, changing fire frequency and probably global change phenomena. Western North American Juniperus Communities addresses various aspects of the biology, ecology, and management of Juniperus woodlands and savannas, by synthesizing past, current, and proposed future research. The book includes information on community distribution, composition, and structure; the effects of alterations in ecosystem processes such as modifications in water budgets; and the impacts of humans, herbivory, and fire on the communities. The book will provide professionals with a solid background in Juniperus ecosystems, enabling them to better understand the communities and manage the communities for maximum sustained productivity and diversity.

About the Editor:

O. W. Van Auken is Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, USA.

About the Author

About the Editor:

Oscar W. Van Auken is a Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, USA.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on September 3, 2012
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The full title of this green-covered book is "Ecological Studies 196. Western North American Juniperus Communities. A Dynamic Vegetation Type". It's edited by O.W. Van Auken. In the introduction, we learn that juniper woodlands and savannahs in western North America are both extensive and dynamic.

This volume contains research papers on this truly exciting vegetation type, believed to be very sensitive and perhaps pivotal in understanding global-change type phenomena, including droughts. All aspects of Juniperus are covered later in the book, including patterns and causes of distribution, late Pleistocene distribution, structure and composition of juniper communities and factors that control them, the understory vegetation of juniper woodlands, the role of mycorrhiza, ecological impact, management and conclusions.

Very technical, but probably a must if studying "dynamic vegetation types" in the Wild West happens to be your idea of making a living.

And no, I'm not jealous, LOL.
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