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648 pp.
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Imprint: Sinauer Associates is an imprint of Oxford University Press

The Ecology of Plants

Third Edition

Jessica Gurevitch, Samuel M. Scheiner and Gordon A. Fox

Series : Sinauer

The Ecology of Plants provides comprehensive, contemporary coverage of plant ecology. Now in its third edition, the text incorporates current scientific developments and includes hundreds of stunning photographs, insightful illustrations, and references. It also features a clean, modern design that makes the material accessible and appealing. The book covers a range of current and historical ecological topics, presented in an evolutionary context, with the focus on the interactions between plants and their environments over a range of scales. Some of the subjects covered are unique to plants, such as photosynthesis and the ecology of plant-soil interactions; other topics, such as resource and mate acquisition, emphasize the distinctive ways plants (in contrast to animals) deal with their environments.

The book uniquely emphasizes the importance of evolutionary and other historical ecological processes as well as human environmental influences. While the book is written for an undergraduate course in plant ecology, the engaging style, thorough coverage of the field, and contemporary perspective make it accessible and useful to others as well, including graduate students in conservation biology, evolutionary biologists and resource managers.

Readership : Biology majors taking a course in plant ecology.

1. The Science of Plant Ecology
Part 1: Individuals and Their Environment
2. Photosynthesis and Light
3. Water Relations and Thermal Energy Balance
4. Soil and Terrestrial Plant Life
5. Ecosystem Processes
Part 2: From Individuals to Populations
6. Individual Growth and Reproduction
7. Plant Life Histories
8. Population Structure, Growth, and Decline
9. Evolution: Processes and Change
Part 3: Population Interactions and Communities
10. Competition and Other Plant Interactions
11. Herbivory and other Trophic Interactions
12. Community diversity and structure
13. Community dynamics and succession
14. Local Abundance, Diversity, and Rarity
Part 4: From Landscapes to Planet Earth
15. Landscapes: Pattern and Scale
16. Climate, Plants, and Climate Change
17. Paleoecology
18. Biomes and Physiognomy
19. Global Biodiversity Patterns, Loss, and Conservation

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- Literature Cited

Jessica Gurevitch is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University.

Samuel M. Scheiner is a researcher in ecology and evolution.

Gordon A. Fox is Adjunct Professor of Biology at the University of New Mexico, and Emeritus Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida.

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Special Features
New to this Edition

  • Includes new developments and ideas, as well as new evaluations of older work.
  • An enlivened art program provides new, updated, and redrawn illustrations and photos.
  • A redesigned layout with a clean, modern design makes the material accessible and appealing.
  • Materials have been reorganized, consolidated, and developed in certain sections to include a fuller treatment: the section on how to think about and quantify diversity has been updated and consolidated into a single chapter, and the explanations of Earth's climate and climate change have been integrated, sharpened, and made clearer.