Western North American Juniperus Communities: A Dynamic Vegetation Type

Hardcover | December 18, 2007

EditorOscar Auken

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In North America, Juniperus woodlands occupy approximately 55 million hectares, an area larger than the state of Texas. This title addresses various aspects of the biology, ecology, and management of Juniperus woodlands and savannas, synthesizing past and current research findings as well as proposed research. The book provides ecologists, land managers, and foresters with a solid foundation in Juniperus ecosystems, enabling them to manage the communities for maximum sustained productivity and diversity.

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In North America, Juniperus woodlands occupy approximately 55 million hectares, an area larger than the state of Texas. This title addresses various aspects of the biology, ecology, and management of Juniperus woodlands and savannas, synthesizing past and current research findings as well as proposed research. The book provides ecologi...

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Juniperus woodlands and savannas in western North America are both extensive and dynamic, occupying approximately 55 million hectares. Various species of Juniperus have been increasing in density and are expanding into associated grasslands, reducing the size of the grasslands. The reason for the Juniperus expansion is highly debated, ...

About the Editor: Oscar W. Van Auken is a Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.39 inPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0387340025

ISBN - 13:9780387340029

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Table of Contents

Introduction and overview of Juniperus woodlands.- Modern distribution of Juniperus communities.- The historical distribution and abundance of Juniperus in North America.- The distribution of Juniperus woodlands in relation to landform.- Structure of Juniperus woodlands.- Canopy/intercanopy patterns in woodlands: interrelationships between structure and function.- Comparison of the understory vegetation of Juniperus woodlands.- Ecological consequences of the displacement of native grassland by Juniperus.- Changes in nitrogen cycling dynamics following Juniperus encroachment into tallgrass prairie.- Influence of Juniperus plants on ecosystem processes in subtropical savannas.- Rainfall partitioning and water use within Juniperus canopies.- Juniperus seedling response to water stress and recovery.- Juniperus and the water cycle: a state of our knowledge.- The combined influence of grazing, fire and herbaceous productivity on Juniperus-grass interactions.- Ecological consequences of using prescribed fire and herbivory to manage Juniperus encroachment.- Biodiversity consequences of Juniperus expansion into Great Plains ecosystems.- Reversing the woodland steady state:  vegetation responses during restoration of Juniperus-dominated grasslands with chaining and fire.- Conclusions: present understanding and future research needs and direction of study of Juniperus woodlands.