The Biology of Disturbed Habitats Synopsis

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 by natural 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 animals establish, 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 and temporal 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 global scale.

The Biology of Disturbed Habitats Press Reviews

In The Biology of Disturbed Habitats, readers will find a pithy but well-balanced review of the relevant research on ecological theory * Lee E. Frelich, BioScience * Walker does an excellent job bringing together the many elements of modern disturbance ecology. * Bulletin of the British Ecological Society *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780199575299
Publication date: 22nd December 2011
Author: Lawrence R. (Professor of Ecology, University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA) Walker
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 336 pages
Categories: Ecological science, the Biosphere, Animal ecology, Plant ecology, The environment,

About Lawrence R. (Professor of Ecology, University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA) Walker

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, boreal, and arctic biomes. He also studies the management of disturbances through restoration. Walker emphasizes comparisons across environmental gradients and many different types of disturbances, searching for useful generalizations about disturbance ecology, succession, and restoration. He has over 115 scientific publications, including seven books, has won several research awards, is co-editor of a book ...

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