Made for Each Other : A Symbiosis of Birds and Pines
In Made for Each Other: A Symbiosis of Birds and Pines, Ronald M. Lanner details for the first time this fascinating relationship between wingless-seeded pine trees and seed-dispersing Corvids (nutcrackers and jays), showing how mutualism can drive not only each others' evolution, but affect the ecology of many other members of the surrounding ecosystem as well. In a complex process of mutual dependency, myriad species of both plants and animals - from Engelmann spruce, elk, and moose to red squirrels, bear, and fungi - advance the overall life cycle by taking advantage of the ecological terrain that precedes them. Focusing on the Rocky Mountains and the American Southwest, and ranging as far afield as the Alps, Finland, Siberia, and China, this beautifully illustrated and gracefully written work illuminates the phenomenon of co-evolution.
- Hardback | 170 pages
- 160.02 x 236.22 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
- 29 Aug 1996
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- frontispiece, 4 pp colour, halftones, line figures, tables
Back cover copy
Some Trees And Birds Are Made For Each other. Take for example the whitebark pine, a timberline tree that graces the moraines and ridgetops of the northern Rockies and Sierra Navada-Cascades system.
'...this beautifully illustrated and gracefully written work illuminates the phenomenon of co-evolution.' * Ethology, Ecology, Evolution 10: 1998. * Lanner paints an eloquent picture of a complex, interdependent system, bringing the forest habitat alive in a book that cannot fail to enthuse a new generation of biologists. I will certainly recommend this book to undergraduates, to colleagues and to all those who mistakenly think that conifer forests are dark, sterile environments. * The Times Higher Education Supplement * This book is ... timely in focusing on the interactions between evergreen conifers and the varied wildlife they support. * The Times Higher Education Supplement * This is a shortish ... clearly written book for the general reader. * IBIS 1997 *