The Biology of Disturbed Habitats

Paperback | December 22, 2011

byLawrence R. Walker

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This book provides the first global synthesis of the biology of disturbed habitats and offers readers both the conceptual underpinnings and practical advice required to comprehend and address the unprecedented environmental challenges facing humans. Every habitat on earth has been impacted bynatural disturbances such as volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, fires, floods, and droughts. Humans have contributed many additional disturbances such as mining, urbanization, forestry, agriculture, fishing, and recreation. These anthropogenic disturbances modify and often exacerbate the effects of the natural disturbances. Together, they result in the abrupt loss of biomass or ecosystem structure and function to create denuded surfaces where novel mixtures of native and non-native microbes, plants, and animalsestablish, grow, and die. The Biology of Disturbed Habitats examines both natural and anthropogenic disturbances in aquatic and terrestrial habitats. It explores how nutrients and productivity are altered in the disturbed habitats, the effects of disturbance on biodiversity, and the spatial andtemporal dynamics of organisms that colonize disturbed habitats. This book also addresses how to manage disturbances through appropriate conservation and restoration measures, and discusses how climate change and overpopulation now represent the most challenging disturbances at a globalscale.

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This book provides the first global synthesis of the biology of disturbed habitats and offers readers both the conceptual underpinnings and practical advice required to comprehend and address the unprecedented environmental challenges facing humans. Every habitat on earth has been impacted bynatural disturbances such as volcanoes, eart...

Lawrence R. Walker is a professor of plant ecology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research focuses on the mechanisms that drive plant succession after natural and anthropogenic disturbances including cyclones, volcanoes, landslides, mine tailings, and abandoned roads. These disturbances are located in tropical, temperate,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:December 22, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199575304

ISBN - 13:9780199575305

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction2. Terrestrial habitats3. Aquatic habitats4. Anthropogenic habitats5. Ecosystem processes6. Biodiversity and invasive species7. Spatial patterns8. Temporal dynamics9. Management10. Global concerns and future scenariosGlossaryReferencesIndex