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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Forest Ecology

ISBN 9781315818290
Published October 16, 2015 by Routledge
656 Pages 162 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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

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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.


"...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)