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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)