Fire in Mediterranean Ecosystems

Fire in Mediterranean Ecosystems : Ecology, Evolution and Management

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Exploring the role of fire in each of the five Mediterranean-type climate ecosystems, this book offers a unique view of the evolution of fire-adapted traits and the role of fire in shaping Earth's ecosystems. Analyzing these geographically separate but ecologically convergent ecosystems provides key tools for understanding fire regime diversity and its role in the assembly and evolutionary convergence of ecosystems. Topics covered include regional patterns, the ecological role of wildfires, the evolution of species within those systems, and the ways in which societies have adapted to living in fire-prone environments. Outlining complex processes clearly and methodically, the discussion challenges the belief that climate and soils alone can explain the global distribution and assembly of plant communities. An ideal research tool for graduates and researchers, this study provides valuable insights into fire management and the requirements for regionally tailored approaches to fire management across the globe.
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Product details

  • Electronic book text | 450 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 145 b/w illus. 7 maps 24 tables
  • 1139153218
  • 9781139153218

Table of contents

Part I. Introduction: 1. Mediterranean-type climate (MTC) ecosystems and fire; 2. Fire and the fire regime framework; 3. Fire related plant traits; Part II. Regional Patterns: 4. Fire in the Mediterranean basin; 5. Fire in California; 6. Fire in Chile; 7. Fire in the Cape region of South Africa; 8. Fire in southern Australia; Part III. Comparative Ecology, Evolution and Management: 9. Fire-adaptive trait evolution; 10. Fire and the origins of Mediterranean-type vegetation; 11. Plant diversity and fire; 12. Alien species and fire; 13. Fire management of Mediterranean landscapes; 14. Climate, fire and geology in the convergence of Mediterranean-type climate ecosystems; References; Index.
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About Professor Jon E. Keeley

Jon E. Keeley is a research scientist with the US Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center, Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station in Three Rivers, California and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, USA. William J. Bond is a Professor in the Department of Botany, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Ross A. Bradstock is Director of the Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires, University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. Juli G. Pausas is a scientist at the Centro de Investigacion sobre Desertificacion of the Spanish National Research Council (CIDE-CSIC) in Valencia, Spain. Philip W. Rundel is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, USA.
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Review quote

'The authors have succeeded in producing an insightful study of fire as an important determinant of ecosystem assembly and distribution ... The first and second sections provide an excellent introduction for a researcher new to these regions or to fire ecology while the final section, by not shying away from big issues and debates, provides plenty of thought-provoking grist for experienced specialists in the biogeography of these regions.' Dylan Schwilk, Frontiers of Biogeography '... this is the first comprehensive treatment that emphasizes the importance of fire, in addition to climate and geology, in shaping vegetation ... this book should be a tremendous reference for researchers and managers in the MTC [Mediterranean-type climate regions]. It should also be of interest to plant ecologists working in other regions where periodic fire is an important ecosystem process.' Landscape Ecology '... certainly worth space on the bookshelf.' British Ecological Society
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