Forest Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques

Paperback | May 17, 2007

byAdrian Newton

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Forest conservation has become one of the most important environmental issues currently facing humanity, as a result of widespread deforestation and forest degradation. Pressures on remaining natural forests continue to intensify, leading to high rates of biodiversity loss. Understanding howhuman activities influence ecological processes within forests is essential for developing effective conservation action. This book describes research methods and techniques relevant to understanding forest ecology, with a particular focus on those that are relevant to practical conservation and sustainable forest management. This information is currently disparate and difficult to locate and, as with other books inthis series, the intention is to provide a comprehensive synthesis for use by graduate students, researchers and practising conservationists. Methods are presented for assessing forest extent and condition, structure and composition, and forest dynamics at a variety of scales. Techniques forassessing genetic variation and reproductive ecology, and for evaluating the habitat value of forests are also described. Particular emphasis is given to state-of-the-art techniques such as remote sensing, GIS, computer modelling and molecular markers. However, traditional methods of forestmensuration and ecological survey are also presented. The methods and techniques described are generally applicable to all forest types, including both temperate and tropical forest ecosystems.

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Forest conservation has become one of the most important environmental issues currently facing humanity, as a result of widespread deforestation and forest degradation. Pressures on remaining natural forests continue to intensify, leading to high rates of biodiversity loss. Understanding howhuman activities influence ecological process...

Adrian C Newton is Professor in Environmental and Geographical Sciences at Bournemouth University

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:472 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:May 17, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Forest Extent and Condition3. Forest Structure and Composition4. Understanding Forest Dynamics5. Modelling Forest Dynamics6. Reproductive Ecology and Genetic Variation7. Forest as Habitat8. Towards Effective Forest Conservation

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"Newton does very well in producing an excellent compromise in covering enough techniques to make the book useful without swamping the reader...This will be of use to ecologists at the sharp end of forest conservation but also to those looking for research methods appropriate for forests." --Bulletin of the British Ecological Society