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Routledge Handbook of Forest Ecology

1st Edition

Edited by Kelvin S.-H. Peh, Richard T. Corlett, Yves Bergeron


640 pages | 162 B/W Illus.

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This comprehensive handbook provides a unique resource covering all aspects of forest ecology from a global perspective. It covers both natural and managed forests, from boreal, temperate, sub-tropical and tropical regions of the world. The book is divided into seven parts, addressing the following themes:

  • forest types
  • forest dynamics
  • forest flora and fauna
  • energy and nutrients
  • forest conservation and management
  • forests and climate change
  • human impacts on forest ecology.

While each chapter can stand alone as a suitable resource for a lecture or seminar, the complete book provides an essential reference text for a wide range of students of ecology, environmental science, forestry, geography and natural resource management. Contributors include leading authorities from all parts of the world.


"…the Routledge Handbook is an accomplished book and was a great pleasure to read. Its greatest strength is its modernity and the way in which disparate topics are linked through common themes of climate change and disturbance, which is then concluded very succinctly in the final three sections. This binds all the chapters together and provides continuity throughout such a large subject as forest ecology. In all it was difficult to find fault with the book, and ultimately I can highly recommend it to students, postgraduates, teachers and researchers alike. I imagine it could become a standard text for students in this field, and I will certainly be using it as a reference text for topics I am less well versed in." - Michael J.W. Boyle, Imperial College London, UK, in International Forestry Review (2016).

"This is a weighty tome in every sense. It aims to provide a 'state of the art summary of our current knowledge of forest ecology' from a variety of perspectives, production, conservation recreation, and across a wide range of forest biomes with over 80 contributors… I think it succeeds surprisingly well, given the spread of its subject matter. It does provide a framework for understanding the different topics covered by the chapters, that you cannot get just from running a search for papers in Google Scholar or Web of Science." - Keith Kirby, in Bulletin of the British Ecological Society (October 2016).

"Forests have a multitude of resources (timber, non-timber plants, wildlife, water retention/erosion control, carbon sequestration, amelioration of climate, recreation, and inspiration); yet, at times, these may be incompatible. The key goals of this book are to help the reader gain the ability to understand forest ecology and a wider awareness of many forest values. The work offers detailed sections on forest biomes, forest dynamics, flora and fauna, forest biodiversity, energy and nutrient cycling, conservation and management, forests and climate change, and human interaction in forests (including agriculture, indigenous knowledge, recreation, hunting, and urban forests). Overall, the 44 chapters, written by 86 scholars, provide reliable information on forest ecological requirements, as well as on management needs. In the introduction, the editors write, “This handbook aims to act as a state-of-the-art summary of our current knowledge of forest ecology.” As such, it succeeds. This title will be of interest to laypersons as an introduction to forest ecology. For the graduate student, it provides extensive coverage of current research and excellent bibliographies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students." - C. G. Heister, Yale University, in CHOICE (November 2016)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Kelvin S.-H. Peh, Yves Bergeron and Richard T. Corlett

Part 1: The Forest

2. Boreal Forests

Jean-Pierre Saucier, Ken Baldwin, Pavel Krestov and Torre Jorgenson

3. Northern Temperate Forests

Lee E. Frelich, Rebecca Montgomery and Jacek Oleksyn

4. Subtropical Forests

Richard T. Corlett and Alice C. Hughes

5. Tropical Forests

Lindsay F. Banin, Oliver L. Phillips and Simon L. Lewis

6. Managed Forests

Jürgen Bauhus and Patrick Pyttel

Part 2: Forest Dynamics

7. Insect Disturbances in Forest Ecosystems

Dan Kneeshaw, Brian R. Sturtevant, Barry Cooke, Timothy Work, Deepa Pureswaran, Louis DeGrandpre and Dave MacLean

8. The Role of Fire in Forest Ecosystems

David F. Greene and Sean T. Michaletz

9. Ecological Effects of Strong Wind on Forests

Stephen M. Turton and Mohammed Alamgir

10. Forest Succession and Gap Dynamics

Rebecca Montgomery and Lee Frelich

11. Tree Genetic Diversity and Gene Flow in Forest Ecosystems

Francine Tremblay

12. Changing Forest Dynamics: Plot-based Evidence

Simon Willcock and Nikée E. Groot

Part 3: Forest Flora and Fauna

13. Lianas in Forest Ecosystems

Stefan A. Schnitzer

14. Vascular Epiphytes in Forest Ecosystems

David H. Benzing

15. Insects in Forest Ecosystems

Andrea Battisti

16. Pests and Pathogens in North American Forest Ecosystems

Louis Bernier and Sandy M. Smith

17. Bryophytes in Forest Ecosystems

Nicole J. Fenton, Kristoffer Hylander and Emma J. Pharo

18. Lichens in Forest Ecosystems

Per-Anders Esseen and Darwyn Coxson

19. Mammals in Forest Ecosystems

Richard T. Corlett and Alice C. Hughes

20. Birds in Forest Ecosystems

Jeffrey A. Stratford and Çağan H. Şekercioğlu

21. Global Patterns of Biodiversity in Forests

Christine B. Schmitt

Part 4: Energy and Nutrients

22. Mycorrhizal Symbiosis in Forest Ecosystems

Leho Tedersoo

23. Biogeochemical Cycling

David Paré, Daniel Markewitz and Håkan Wallander

24. Hydrological Cycling

Michael Bredemeier and Shabtai Cohen

25. Primary Production and Allocation

Frank Berninger, Kelvin S.-H. Peh and Hazel Smith

Part 5: Forest Conservation and Management

26. Natural Regeneration after Harvesting

Nelson Thiffault, Lluís Coll and Douglass F. Jacobs

27. Tropical Deforestation, Forest Degradation and REDD+

John A. Parrotta

28. Restoration of Forest Ecosystems

David Lamb

29. Forest Fragmentation

Ed Turner and Jake L. Snaddon

30. Ecological Effects of Logging and Approaches to Mitigating Impacts

Paul Woodcock, Panu Halme and David P. Edwards

31. Pollution in Forests

Mikhail V. Kozlov and Elena L. Zvereva

32. Biological Invasions in Forests and Forest Plantations

Marcel Rejmánek

Part 6: Forest and Climate Change

33. Fire and Climate: Using the Past to Predict the Future

Justin Waito, Martin P. Girardin , Jacques C. Tardif, Christelle Hély, Olivier Blarquez and Adam A. Ali

34 Ecological Consequences of Droughts in Boreal Forests

Changhui Peng

35. Assessing Responses of Tree Growth to Climate Change at Inter- and Intra-annual Temporal Scale

Sergio Rossi, Jian-Guo Huang and Hubert Morin

36. Plant Movements in Response to Rapid Climate Change

Richard T. Corlett

37. Forest Carbon Budgets and Climate Change

Yadvinder Malhi, Sam Moore and Terhi Riutta

38. Modelling Climate Impacts on Forest Ecosystems

David R. Galbraith and Bradley O. Christoffersen

Part 7: Human Ecology

39. Multiple Roles of Non-timber Forest Products in Ecologies, Economies and Livelihoods

Charlie M. Shackleton

40. Agriculture in the Forest: Ecology and Rationale of Shifting Cultivation

Olivier Ducourtieux

41. Indigenous Forest Knowledge

Hugo Asselin

42. Recreations in Forests

Bruce Prideaux

43. Impacts of Hunting in Forests

Rhett D. Harrison

44. The Ecology of Urban Forests

Mark J. Mcdonnell and Dave Kendal

About the Editors

Kelvin Peh is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences, University of Southampton, and also a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK.

Richard Corlett is Professor and Director of the Center for Integrative Conservation, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan, China. He was previously a professor at the National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong.

Yves Bergeron is Professor of Forest Ecology and Management at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Ecology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Forestry