1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Forest Ecology

    668 Pages 162 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    656 Pages 162 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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 


    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)