Grassland Dynamics: Long-Term Ecological Research in Tallgrass Prairie by Alan K. Knapp

Grassland Dynamics: Long-Term Ecological Research in Tallgrass Prairie

EditorAlan K. Knapp, John M. Briggs, David C. Hartnett

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This is the first volume in the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network Series. Established in 1980, the LTER program is exploring a wide variety of biomes characteristic of the United States and developing a baseline for ecosystem dynamics over long time periods and broad spatial scales.The volumes in this series will include both comprehensive reviews of research from particular sites and topical overviews which use data from many sites to examine important questions in ecology. This volume, which focuses on the Konza Prairie in northeastern Kansas, is a synthesis of over 15 yearsof research in pristine tallgrass prairie. It gives a comprehensive site description and summarizes the key long-term studies that form the basis for the Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research Program. It then presents a synthesis of the many research areas involved and develops a foundationfor future ecological studies in tallgrass prairie. With over 150 figures and tables, chapters that encompass microbial through landscape scales, and an emphasis on lessons learned from long-term studies, this volume provides a unique and comprehensive perspective on the structural and functionalecology of the grassland ecosystem that once covered most of central North America.

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Alan K. Knapp is at Kansas State University. John M. Briggs is at Kansas State University.
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Title:Grassland Dynamics: Long-Term Ecological Research in Tallgrass PrairieFormat:HardcoverDimensions:386 pages, 6.42 × 9.21 × 0.98 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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1. Alan K. Knapp and Timothy R. Seastedt: Introduction: grasslands, Konza Prairie, and long-term ecological researchPart I: Physical Environment2. Bruce P. Hayden: Regional climate and the distribution of tallgrass prairie3. Charles G. (Jack) Oviatt: Geomorphology of Konza Prairie4. Michel D. Ransom, Charles W. Rice, Timothy C. Todd, and William A. Wehmueller: Soils and soil biotaPart II: Terrestrial populations and communities5. Craig C. Freeman: The flora of Konza Prairie: a historical review and contemporary patterns6. David C. Hartnett and Philip A. Fay: Plant populations: patterns and processes7. Donald W. Kaufman, Philip A. Fay, Glennis A. Kaufman, and John L. Zimmerman: Diversity of terrestrial macrofauna8. Donald W. Kaufman, Glennis A. Kaufman, Philip A. Fay, John L. Zimmerman, and Edward W. Evans: Animal populations and communities9. Scott L. Collins and Ernest M. Steinauer: Disturbance, diversity, and species interactions in tallgrass prairiePart III: Hydrology and aquatic ecology10. Lawrence J. Gray, Gwendolyn L. Macpherson, James K. Koellikder, and Walter K. Dodds: Hydrology and aquatic chemistry11. Lawrence J. Gray and Walter K. Dodds: Structure and dynamics of aquatic communitiesPart IV: Ecosystem and landscape-level analysis12. Alan K. Knapp, John M. Briggs, John M. Blair, and Clarence L. Turner: Patterns and controls of aboveground net primary production in tallgrass prairie13. John M. Blair, Timothy R. Seastedt, Charles W. Rice, and Rosemary A. Ramundo: Terrestrial nutrient cycling in tallgrass prairie14. Charles W. Rice, Timothy C. Todd, John M. Blair, Timothy R. Seastedt, Rosemary A. Ramundo, and Gail W.T. Wilson: Belowground biology and processes15. John M. Briggs, M. Duane Nellis, Clarence L. Turner, Geoffrey M. Henebry, and Haiping Su: A landscape perspective of patterns and processes in tallgrass prairiePart V: Toward the future16. Timothy R. Seastedt, Bruce P. Hayden, Clenton E. Owensby, and Alan K. Knapp: Climate change, elevated CO2, and predictive modeling: past and future climate change scenarios for the tallgrass prairie17. Scott L. Collins, Alan K. Knapp, David C. Hartnett, and John M. Briggs: The dynamic tallgrass prairie: synthesis and research opportunities

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"This book summarizes the wealth of new information on tallgrass prairie ecology gleaned from over fifteen years of intensive study of the Konza Prairie Research natural Area in the Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas. . . .Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, and managersof tallgrass prairie should all find it a valuable resource. . . .the naturalist and prairie enthusiast wanting more than a superficial treatment of prairie ecology ought to find much here to satisfy their interests." --Great Plains Research