Plant Disturbance Ecology

Plant Disturbance Ecology

The Process and the Response

2nd Edition - October 21, 2020

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  • Editors: Edward Johnson, Kiyoko Miyanishi
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128188132
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128188149

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Disturbance ecology continues to be an active area of research, having undergone advances in many areas in recent years. One emerging direction is the increased coupling of physical and ecological processes, in which disturbances are increasingly traced back to mechanisms that cause the disturbances themselves, such as earth surface processes, mesoscale, and larger meteorological processes, and the ecological effects of interest are increasingly physiological. Plant Disturbance Ecology, 2nd Edition encourages movement away from the informal, conceptual approach traditionally used in defining natural disturbances and clearly presents how scientists can use a multitude of approaches in plant disturbance ecology. This edition includes nine revised chapters from the first edition, as well new, more comprehensive chapters on fire disturbance and beaver disturbance. Edited by leading experts in the field, Plant Disturbance Ecology, 2nd Edition is an essential resource for scientists interested in understanding plant disturbance and ecological processes.

Key Features

  • Advances understanding of natural disturbances by combining geophysical and ecological processes
  • Provides a framework for collaboration between geophysical scientists and ecologists studying natural disturbances
  • Includes fully updated research with 5 new chapters and revision of 11 chapters from the first edition


Academics, graduate students, conservation biologists and land managers interested in plant disturbance ecology

Table of Contents

  • 1. Disturbance and Succession
    2. The Turbulent Wind in Plant and Forest Canopies
    3. Thunderstorm Downbursts: Windstorms and Blowdowns
    4. Understanding How the Interaction of Wind and Trees Results in Windthrow, Stem Breakage, and Canopy Gap Formation
    5. Meteorological Conditions Associated with Ice Storm Damage to Forests
    6. The Effect of Icing Events on the Death and Regeneration of North American Trees
    7. Coastal Dune Succession and the Reality of Dune Processes
    8. Fluvial Geomorphic Disturbances and Life History Traits of Riparian Tree Species
    9. Water Level Changes in Ponds and Lakes: The Hydrological Processes
    10. Development of Post-Disturbance Vegetation in Prairie Wetlands
    11. Modelling fire effects on plants: from organs to ecosystems
    12. Insect Defoliators as Periodic Disturbances in Northern Forest Ecosystems
    13. Revisiting the Relationship between Spruce Budworm Outbreaks and Forest Dynamics over the Holocene in Eastern North America Based on Novel Proxies
    14. Beaver as Agents of Plant Disturbance

Product details

  • No. of pages: 562
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: October 21, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128188132
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128188149

About the Editors

Edward Johnson

Edward A. Johnson is a Professor of Biological Sciences Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Calgary, Canada and up until June 2018, he was also the Director of the Biogeoscience Institute. His research interests are wildfires, avalanches, hillslope and fluvial geomorphic processes, climate, landuse, and other processes as they affect tree populations. He is particularly interested in the explicit coupling of the physical processes to ecological processes. He has over 114 publications and 4,693 total citations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Biological Sciences Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Calgary, Canada

Kiyoko Miyanishi

Kiyoko Miyanishi is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph, having retired in 2005. She has edited 2 books, written 11 book chapters and has over 30 publications and 1,200 citations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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