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Plant Disturbance Ecology - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128188132

Plant Disturbance Ecology

2nd Edition

The Process and the Response

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Editors: Edward Johnson Kiyoko Miyanishi
Paperback ISBN: 9780128188132
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st October 2020
Page Count: 700
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Plant Disturbance Ecology: The Process and the Response, Second Edition, is fully updated and clearly presents how scientists can use a multitude of approaches in plant disturbance ecology. Chapters on fire and beavers from the previous edition were combined into more extensive and inclusive chapters covering disturbance. There are new chapters on windstorms, droughts, and tree uprooting. All chapters from the first edition have been updated to include the latest research. Edited and written by leading experts in the field, this second edition is an essential resource for scientists interested in understanding plant disturbance and ecological processes.

Disturbance ecology is still an active area of research and there have been many advances in new areas. One emerging direction in disturbance studies is the increased coupling of physical and ecological processes, and not just their forcing. Disturbances are increasingly traced back further in space and time to mechanisms that are causing the disturbances themselves (e.g., earth surface processes and mesoscale and larger meteorological processes), and the ecological effects being studied are becoming more physiological.

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
  • Offers a fully updated second edition with five new chapters and revisions 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
    Edward A. Johnson and Kiyoko Miyanishi
    2. The Turbulent Wind in Plant and Forest Canopies
    John J. Finnigan
    3. New Chapter on Windstorms and Blowdowns (title TBA)
    Matthew Bunkers, National Weather Service, NOAA
    4. Understanding How the Interaction of Wind and Trees Results in Windthrow, Stem Breakage, and Canopy Gap Formation
    Christopher P. Quine and Barry A. Gardiner
    5. New Chapter on Disturbance by Tree Uprooting (title TBA)
    Jill Marshall, University of Arkansas
    6. Meteorological Conditions Associated with Ice Storm Damage to Forests
    Kaz Higuchi and Amir Shabbar
    7. New Chapter on Drought (title TBA)
    Henrik Hartmann, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
    8. The Effect of Icing Events on the Death and Regeneration of North American Trees
    David F. Greene, Kathleen F. Jones, and Olga J. Proulx
    10. Coastal Dune Succession and the Reality of Dune Processes
    Kiyoko Miyanishi and Edward A. Johnson
    11. Fluvial Geomorphic Disturbances and Life History Traits of Riparian Tree Species
    Futoshi Nakamura and Satomi Inahara
    12. Water Level Changes in Ponds and Lakes: The Hydrological Processes
    Masaki Hayashi and Garth van der Kamp
    13. Development of Post-Disturbance Vegetation in Prairie Wetlands
    Arnold G. van der Valk
    14. New Chapter on Fire (title TBA)
    Sean Michaletz, University of British Columbia
    15. Insect Defoliators as Periodic Disturbances in Northern Forest Ecosystems
    Barry J. Cooke, Vincent G. Nealis, and Jacques Régniere
    16. Relationship Between Spruce Budworm Outbreaks and Forest Dynamics in Eastern North America
    Hubert Morin, Yves Jardon, and Réjean Gagnon
    17. New Chapter on Beaver Disturbance (title TBA)
    Cherie Westbrook, University of Saskatchewan


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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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