The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America

The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America

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Over the last decade, the field of plant ecology has significantly developed and expanded, especially in research concerning the herb layer and ground vegetation of forests. This revised second edition of The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America accounts for that growth, presenting research that approaches the ecology of the herb layer of forests from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. The book synthesizes the research of top
ecologists and biologists on herbaceous layer structure, composition, and dynamics of a variety of forest ecosystem types in eastern North America.
The 2003 first edition of The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America was praised for containing the most extensive listing of herb-layer literature in existence. This second edition brings this material up to date, revised to include current research and data. The book incorporates quantitative data to support analyses that was previously unavailable during the publication of the first edition. Also featured are six entirely new chapters, focused on the response of the
herbaceous layer to a wide variety of natural and anthropogenic disturbances. Building on the over 1,200 references and sources of the first edition, the second edition of The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America is an invaluable resource for plant ecologists, forest ecologists, and
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Product details

  • Hardback | 688 pages
  • 163 x 236 x 39mm | 1,064g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 113 line art, 12 halftones
  • 0199837651
  • 9780199837656
  • 1,772,558

Table of contents

Table of Contents ; Chapter 1: The Herbaceous Layer-The Forest Between the Trees ; Frank S. Gilliam ; Chapter 2: Nutrient Relations of the Herbaceous Layer in Deciduous Forest Ecosystems ; Robert N. Muller ; Chapter 3: Ecophysiology of the Herbaceous Layer in Temperate Deciduous Forests ; Howard S. Neufield ; Donald R. Young ; Chapter 3 Appendix ; Chapter 4: Interactions of nutrient effects with other biotic factors in the herbaceous layer ; Wendy B. Anderson ; Chapter 5: Mating Systems and Floral Biology of the Herb Layer: A Survey of Two Communities and the State of our Knowledge ; Carol Goodwillie ; Claudia L. Jolls ; Chapter 6: Populations and Threats to Rare Plants of the Herb Layer ; Claudia L. Jolls ; Dennis Whigham ; Chapter 6 Appendix 1 ; Chapter 6 Appendix 2 ; Chapter 7: The Herbaceous Layer of Eastern Old-Growth Deciduous Forests ; Brian C. McCarthy ; Chapter 8: Habitat Heterogeneity and Maintenance of Species in Understory Communities ; Susan W. Beatty ; Chapter 9: Interactions Between the Herbaceous Layer and Overstory Canopy of Eastern Forests ; Frank S. Gilliam ; Mark R. Roberts ; Chapter 10: Herbaceous layer species richness of southeastern forests and woodlands ; Robert K. Peet ; Kyle A. Palmquist ; Samantha M. Tessel ; Chapter 11: Temporal Patterns in Herbaceous Layer Communities of the North Carolina Piedmont ; Robert K. Peet ; Norman L. Christensen ; Frank S. Gilliam ; Chapter 12: Composition and Dynamics of the Understory Vegetation in the Boreal Forests of Quebec ; Louis De Grandpre' Yves Bergeron ; Nicole J. Fenton ; Thuy Nguyen ; Catherine Boudreault ; Pierre Grondin ; Chapter 12 Appendix ; Chapter 13: Response of the Herbaceous Layer to Disturbance in Eastern Forests ; Mark R. Roberts ; Frank S. Gilliam ; Chapter 14: The Herbaceous Layer as a Filtering Determining Spatial Pattern in Forest Tree Regeneration ; Lisa O. George ; Fahhri A. Bazzaz ; Chapter 15: Forest Invasions: Perceptions, Impacts and Management Questions ; James O. Luken ; Chapter 16: Effects of Deer on Forest Herb Layers ; Donald M. Waller ; Chapter 17: A Case Study of Chronic Deer Overbrowsing Throughout the Allegheny National Forest Region of Pennsylvania ; Walter P. Carson ; Alejandro A. Royo ; Chris J. Peterson ; Chapter 18: Long-Term Effects on Clearcutting in the Southern Appalachians ; Julie L. Wyatt ; Miles R. Silman ; Chapter 19: Agricultural Legacies in Forest Herb Communities ; Kathryn M. Flinn ; Chapter 20: Effects of Excess Nitrogen Deposition on the Herbaceous Layer of Eastern North American Forests ; Frank S. Gilliam ; Chapter 21: Climate Change and Forest Herbs of Temperate Deciduous Forests ; Jesse Bellamare ; David A. Moeller ; Chapter 21 Appendix ; Chapter 22: The Dynamic Nature of the Herbaceous Layer ; Frank S. Gilliam ; References ; First Edition References
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Review quote

"Overall, the second edition of The Herbaceous Layer is much more than a corrected and lightly updated version of the first edition. The new chapters bring into sharp focus the importance of disturbance, conservation, and protection of forests and forest understories in states ranging from recovering clear-cuts to old-growth stands. The literature reviews and integrated bibliography are incredibly thorough and provide a one-stop shop for students beginning studies of the forest understory, for experienced researchers in need of a refresher, and for all, a reminder of the importance, the value, and the aesthetic beauty of the herbaceous layer." --RHODORA
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About Frank S. Gilliam

Frank Gilliam is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Marshall University, teaching courses in ecology and plant ecology. His research interests lie at the interface between terrestrial plant communities and ecosystems.
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