Cambridge Studies in Ecology: The Ecology of Fire (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Ecology: The Ecology of Fire (Hardback)

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Hardback 360 Pages / Published: 10/08/1995
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Wildfires kill many animals, but are populations of animals affected? How do animals survive the passage of fire? Why do some tree species survive and others die in a fire? Do frequent fires cause changes in plant community composition? Answering questions such as these requires an understanding of the ecological effects of fire. Aimed at senior undergraduate students, researchers, foresters and other land managers, Dr Whelan's book examines the changes wrought by fires with reference to general ecological theory. The impacts of fires on individual organisms, populations and communities are examined separately, and emphasis is placed on the importance of fire regime. Each chapter includes a listing of 'outstanding questions' that identify gaps in current knowledge. The book finishes by summarising the major aspects of ecology that are of particular relevance to management of fires - both protection against wildfires and deliberate use of fire.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521328722
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'The book provides a thorough analysis of the ecology of fire, illustrating principles from a wide range of fire-affected habitats.' Peter D. Moore, Nature
'Each of the main chapters includes a listing of outstanding questions that identify gaps in current knowledge.' Forestry Abstracts
"The book provides a thorough analysis of the ecology of fire, illustrating principles from a wide range of fire-affected habitats..." Peter D. Moore, Nature
"...I would give this book a rating of excellent...The book succeeds in reviewing a complex topic and conveying that complexity in a readable way." Ecoscience
"It is well written and authoritative, with good illustrations...The book will appeal to a broad spectruem of students, professional natural resource managers, plant and animal ecologists, and researchers. Strongly recommended." M.J. Zwolinski, Choice
"This is a highly readable book that provides an excellent introduction to ecology of plants and animals in relation to fire, and will, hopefully, stimulate interest in interdisciplinary experimental fire research." Forest Science
"This book aims to summarize and critique the state of research in fire ecology, world-wide. It succeeds surprisingly well for so small a book and so large a goal...well organized and written clearly...it surveys current thought in the field, presenting not only what is already known but also what seems possible to learn. The book's saturation with data makes it an excellent text for courses in fire ecology." Jane Kapler Smith, Ecology
"An exciting aspect of Whelan's book is that one can read about the responses of plants and animals to grassland, shrubland, and forest fires from different regions worldwide in the same chapter...A variety of readers will find this book highly relevant and valuable. In particular, those embarking on research in fire ecology will find much useful advice...many will appreciate the comparison of fire in different systems." Kathleen Doyle, Natural Areas Journal
"RThe Ecology of Fire goes a long way toward establishing a firm scientific base for the development of future fire ecology." William J. Platt, American Scientist

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