Forest Ecology uses an ecosystem approach to understanding the ecology
of forests. It examines the form and function of forest ecosystems
and how they change over time in response to natural and human-caused
A complete treatment of the ecosystem including all
the major structural components and functional processes of the forest
Uses a systems or wholistic view of the forest ecosystem,
rather than the more traditional reductionist and building-block
Gives equal emphasis to ecosystem function, the physical
environment, the biotic processes (population and community ecology)
and ecosystem change overtime.
Examines forest ecology in the context of sustainable development
and population growth.
Richly illustrated with line drawings, graphs, tables
and photographs which complement and amplify the text material.
NEWNew chapter on Environmental Issues
NEWEarlier introduction to the concept of
ecosystem change (Ch. 3 instead of Ch. 15).
NEWStreamlined coverage of nutrient cycling. NEWIncreased coverage of succession (Ch. 15),
modeling (Ch. 17), biodiversity (Ch. 14) and plant population ecology
NEW Chapter 4 now emphasizes production ecology,
capturing the improved understanding of the determinants of ecosystem
productivity gained over the past seven years.
I. HUMANS AND THE FOREST OR WHY THE SCIENCE OF FOREST
1. Sustainability of Forest Ecosystems: The Problem of
Human Population Growth.
2. Development of Forestry and Forest Ecology.
II. FOREST ECOLOGY: THE BIOLOGICAL BASIS FOR MANAGEMENT
OF FOREST RESOURCES
Section A. Ecosystem Ecology: The Forest as a Functional
3. Ecology and the Ecosystem Concept.
4. Production Ecology: The Transfer and Storage of Energy
5. Biogeochemistry: Cycling of Nutrients in Ecosystems.
Section B. Genetic and Evolutionary Aspects of Ecosystems.
6. Adaption and Evolution: Genetic Aspects of Ecosystems.
Section C. The Physical Environment.
7. Ecological Role of Solar Radiation.
8. Temperature as an Ecological Factor.
9. Wind: Ecological Effects of Atmospheric Movements.
10. Soil: The Least Renewable Physical Component of the Ecosystem.
11. Water: The Material That Makes Life Possible.
12. Fire: A Pervasive and Powerful Environmental Factor.
Section D. The Biotic Environment.
13. Population Ecology: Study of Abundance and Dynamics
of Species Populations.
14. Community Ecology.
Section E. Temporal Changes in Ecosystem Structure and
15. Ecological Succession: Processes of Change in Ecosystems.
III. APPLICATION OF ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION IN THE MANAGEMENT
OF FOREST ECOSYSTEMS
16. Ecosystem Classification: The Ecological Foundation
for Sustainable Forest Management.
17. Models and Their Role in Ecology and Resource Management.
18. Renewability of Natural Resources and Implications for
19. Environmental Issues in Forestry: The Role of Ecology.