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Savannas, Barrens, and Rock Outcrop Plant Communities of North America

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Roger C. Anderson, James S. Fralish, Jerry M. Baskin, Eric S. Menges, William J. Platt, David J. Gibson, Robert A. Zampella, Andrew G. Windisch, R. Wayne Tyndall, James C. Hull, Suzanne H. Braunschweig, Eric T. Nilsen, Thomas F. Weiboldt, Donald J. Shure, Susan K. Wiser, Peter S. White, Susan Will-Wolf, Forest Stearns, Marlin L. Bowles, Scott B. Franklin, David D. Close, Carol C. Baskin, Edward W. Chester, Alice Long Heikens, B. W. Hoagland, I. H. Butler, F. L. Johnson, S. Glenn, Dennis H. Knight, Shivcharn S. Dhillion, Michelle H. Mills, Mitchel P. McClaran, Guy R. McPherson, Neil E. West, A. R. Kruckeburg, Barbara Allen-Diaz, James W. Bartolome, Kurt S. Pregitzer, Sari C. Sanders, D. W. Larson, U. Mattes-Sears, P. E. Kelley, Paul M. Catling, Vivian R. Brownell, O. W. Archibold, E. A. Johnson, K. Miyanishi
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  • Date Published: April 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521035811

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  • Savannas and barrens were major components of the historic North American landscape before it was extensively altered by agricultural and urban development during the past century. Rock outcrop plant communities and serpentine barrens are of interest because they are refuges for endemic species adapted to extreme environmental conditions. Many of these communities are currently reduced to less than one percent of their original area and are imperiled ecosystems. This book provides a coherent and readable summary of the technical information available on savannas, barrens, and rock outcrop plant communities. It is organized by region, into four parts: eastern/southeastern region, central/midwest region, western/southwestern region, and northern region. Written by internationally recognized regional specialists, each chapter includes a description of the climate, geology, and soils associated with the community, and information about its historic and current vegetation. This book will be a useful text for graduate and advanced undergraduate students studying vegetation ecology, as well as a valuable reference for professional and amateur naturalists interested in the conservation, restoration, and management of these communities.

    • A coherent, readable summary of the technical information available on savannas, barrens and rock outcrop plant communities
    • Represents the efforts of 48 authors, each a regional specialist on the particular community about which they have written. Most of the authors have international reputations as experts on these communities
    • Will increase awareness of these vegetation types and communities and aid in their conservation and restoration
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    "This book is long overdue and provides valuable information on many lesser known and imperiled ecosystems...This text is a valuable resource sure to satisfy the interests of conservationists, naturalists, and students of professionals in vegetation ecology, biogeography, and similar disciplines." Natural Areas Journal

    "It is an excellent source book for anybody wanting to find out about these plant communities in 'North America'. For anybody studying or managing these vegetation types it will be an invaluable reference book. Researchers working in other areas of the world, even if they do not find their own work cited, will find many interesting ideas and a wealth of information...Congratulations to the editors on making so much information available in this single volume." Annals of Botany

    "The three ecologists serving as editors of this treatise on savannas and related communities have provided an excellent, multi-authored summary of a voluminous and scattered literature...In summary, I found Anderson et al.'s book to be an outstanding collection of very interesting papers on diverse landscapes, most of which need urgent and aggressive protection. The text is a fine addition to the libraries of professional managers, ecologists, systematics, and anyone interested in these unique habitats." Plant Science Bulletin

    "The authors and editors can be proud of having produced a very valuable compendium of information that will be useful for decades." Quarterly Review of Biology

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    • Date Published: April 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521035811
    • length: 484 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 170 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 92 b/w illus. 56 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Introduction Roger C. Anderson, James S. Fralish, and Jerry M. Baskin
    Part I. Eastern/Southeastern Region:
    1. Ecology and conservation of Florida scrub Eric S. Menges
    2. Southeastern pine savannas William J. Platt
    3. New Jersey pine plains: the 'true barrens' of the New Jersey pine barrens David J. Gibson, Robert A. Zampella and Andrew G. Windisch
    4. Vegetation, flora, and plant physiological ecology of serpentine barrens of eastern North America R. Wayne Tyndall and James C. Hull
    5. The mid-Appalachian shale barrens Suzanne H. Braunschweig, Eric T. Nilsen and Thomas F. Weiboldt
    6. Eastern granite outcrops Donald J. Shure
    7. High-elevation outcrops and barrens of the southern Appalachian mountains Susan K. Wiser and Peter S. White
    Part II. Central/Midwest Region:
    8. Dry soil oak savanna in the Great Lakes region Susan Will-Wolf and Forest Stearns
    9. Deep-soil savannas and barrens of the Midwestern United States Roger C. Anderson and Marlin L. Bowles
    10. Open woodland communities of southern Illinois, western Kentucky and middle Tennessee James S. Fralish, Scott B. Franklin and David D. Close
    11. The big barrens region of Kentucky and Tennessee Jerry M. Baskin, Carol C. Baskin and Edward W. Chester
    12. Cedar glades of southeastern United States Jerry M. Baskin and Carol C. Baskin
    13. Savanna, barrens and glade communities of the Ozark Plateaus Province Alice Long Heikens
    14. The cross timbers B. W. Hoagland, I. H. Butler, F. L. Johnson and S. Glenn
    Part III. Western/Southwestern Region:
    15. Ponderosa and limber pine woodlands Dennis H. Knight
    16. The sand shinnery oak (Quercus havardii) communities of the Llano Estacado: history, structure, ecology and restoration Shivcharn S. Dhillion and Michelle H. Mills
    17. Oak savanna in the American Southwest Mitchel P. McClaran and Guy R. McPherson
    18. Juniper-Piñon savannas and woodlands of western North America Neil E. West
    19. Serpentine barrens of western North America A. R. Kruckeburg
    20. California oak savanna Barbara Allen-Diaz, James W. Bartolome and Mitchell P. McClaran
    Part IV. Northern Region:
    21. Jack pine barrens of the northern Great Lakes region Kurt S. Pregitzer and Sari C. Sanders
    22. The cliff ecosystem of the Niagara escarpment D. W. Larson, U. Mattes-Sears and P. E. Kelley
    23. Alvars of the Great Lakes region Paul M. Catling and Vivian R. Brownell
    24. The flora and ecology of southern Ontario granite barrens Paul M. Catling and Vivian R. Brownell
    25. The aspen parkland of Canada O. W. Archibold
    26. Subarctic lichen woodlands E. A. Johnson and K. Miyanishi
    Index of plants
    Index of animals
    Topic index.

  • Editors

    Roger C. Anderson, Illinois State University

    James S. Fralish, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

    Jerry M. Baskin, University of Kentucky

    Contributors

    Roger C. Anderson, James S. Fralish, Jerry M. Baskin, Eric S. Menges, William J. Platt, David J. Gibson, Robert A. Zampella, Andrew G. Windisch, R. Wayne Tyndall, James C. Hull, Suzanne H. Braunschweig, Eric T. Nilsen, Thomas F. Weiboldt, Donald J. Shure, Susan K. Wiser, Peter S. White, Susan Will-Wolf, Forest Stearns, Marlin L. Bowles, Scott B. Franklin, David D. Close, Carol C. Baskin, Edward W. Chester, Alice Long Heikens, B. W. Hoagland, I. H. Butler, F. L. Johnson, S. Glenn, Dennis H. Knight, Shivcharn S. Dhillion, Michelle H. Mills, Mitchel P. McClaran, Guy R. McPherson, Neil E. West, A. R. Kruckeburg, Barbara Allen-Diaz, James W. Bartolome, Kurt S. Pregitzer, Sari C. Sanders, D. W. Larson, U. Mattes-Sears, P. E. Kelley, Paul M. Catling, Vivian R. Brownell, O. W. Archibold, E. A. Johnson, K. Miyanishi

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