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Large Herbivore Ecology, Ecosystem Dynamics and Conservation

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Hervé Fritz, Anne Loison, Jon Moen, Reidar Andersen, Andrew W. Illius, Alison J. Hester, Margareta Bergman, Glenn R. Iason, David Ward, Robin Gill, Frans W. M. Vera, Elisabeth S. Bakker, Han Olff, Richard Bodmer, N. Thompson Hobbs, John P. Pastor, Yosef Cohen, Douglas A. Frank, Peter J. Weisberg, Michael B. Coughenour, Harald Bugmann, Otso Suominen, Kjell Danell, John D. C. Linnell, Erling J. Solberg, Ian J. Gordon, Roger Bergström, Patrick Duncan
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  • Date Published: May 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521536875

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  • Most large herbivores require some type of management within their habitats. Some populations of large herbivores are at the brink of extinction, some are under discussion for reintroduction, whilst others already occur in dense populations causing conflicts with other land use. Large herbivores are the major drivers for forming the shape and function of terrestrial ecosystems. This 2006 book addresses the scientifically based action plans to manage both the large herbivore populations and their habitats worldwide. It covers the processes by which large herbivores not only affect their environment (e.g. grazing) but are affected by it (e.g. nutrient cycling) and the management strategies required. Also discussed are new modeling techniques, which help assess integration processes in a landscape context, as well as assessing the consequences of new developments in the processes of conservation. This book will be essential reading for all involved in the management of both large herbivores and natural resources.

    • Provides an updated review of existing knowledge on the impact of large mammalian herbivores on species richness, ecosystem structure and function in major habitats of the world
    • Gives a broad scientific and ecological background to problems related to large herbivores in different parts of the world
    • Examines the conservation of herbivores themselves, and also the conservation of their habitats
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    'The mixture of authors is well balanced and ranges form young to established scientists. The collection of texts covers all important topics regarding large herbivore ecology from the point of natural sciences … well-edited … Large Herbivore Ecology, Ecosystem Dynamics and Conservation is a very readable book for beginners and specialists alike who wish to broaden their knowledge of the effects of large herbivores on ecosystem dynamics.' Basic and Applied Ecology

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    • Date Published: May 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521536875
    • length: 524 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 154 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.83kg
    • contains: 76 b/w illus. 17 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    1. Large herbivores across biomes Hervé Fritz and Anne Loison
    2. Living in a seasonal environment Jon Moen, Reidar Andersen and Andrew W. Illius
    3. Linking functional responses and foraging behaviour to population dynamics Andrew W. Illius
    4. Impacts of large herbivores on plant community structure and dynamics Alison J. Hester, Margareta Bergman, Glenn R. Iason and Jon Moen
    5. Long-term effects of herbivory on plant diversity and functional types in arid ecosystems David Ward
    6. The influence of large herbivores on tree recruitment and forest dynamics Robin Gill
    7. Large herbivores: missing partners of western-European light-demanding tree and shrub species? Frans W. M. Vera, Elisabeth S. Bakker and Han Olff
    8. Frugivory in large mammalian herbivores Richard Bodmer and David Ward
    9. Large herbivores as sources of disturbance in ecosystems N. Thompson Hobbs
    10. The roles of large herbivores in ecosystem nutrient cycles John P. Pastor, Yosef Cohen and N. Thompson Hobbs
    11. Large herbivores in heterogeneous grassland ecosystems Douglas A. Frank
    12. Modelling of large herbivore - vegetation interactions in a landscape context Peter J. Weisberg, Michael B. Coughenour and Harald Bugmann
    13. Effects of large herbivores on other fauna Otso Suominen and Kjell Danell
    14. The future role of large carnivores on terrestrial trophic interactions: the northern temperate view Reidar Andersen, John D. C. Linnell and Erling J. Solberg
    15. Restoring the functions of grazed ecosystems Ian J. Gordon
    16. Themes and future directions in herbivore-ecosystem interactions and conservation John Pastor, Kjell Danell, Roger Bergström and Patrick Duncan
    References
    Index.

  • Editors

    Kjell Danell, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
    Kjell Danell is Professor of Animal Ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. His main research interests are basic and applied plant-animal interactions, community ecology, invasive species and macroecology.

    Roger Bergström, The Forrestry Research Institute of Sweden
    Roger Bergström is Associate Professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

    Patrick Duncan, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
    Patrick Duncan is Director of the UPR 1934, Center of Biological Studies of Chizé, CNRS.

    John Pastor, University of Minnesota, Duluth
    John Pastor is Professor and Senior Research Associate at the Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota.

    Contributors

    Hervé Fritz, Anne Loison, Jon Moen, Reidar Andersen, Andrew W. Illius, Alison J. Hester, Margareta Bergman, Glenn R. Iason, David Ward, Robin Gill, Frans W. M. Vera, Elisabeth S. Bakker, Han Olff, Richard Bodmer, N. Thompson Hobbs, John P. Pastor, Yosef Cohen, Douglas A. Frank, Peter J. Weisberg, Michael B. Coughenour, Harald Bugmann, Otso Suominen, Kjell Danell, John D. C. Linnell, Erling J. Solberg, Ian J. Gordon, Roger Bergström, Patrick Duncan

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