Forest Pattern and Ecological Process

A Synthesis of 25 Years of Research

January 2010
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    11th January 2010
  • ISBN 9780643096608
  • Language English
  • Pages 320 pp.
  • Size 6.25" x 9.75"
  • Images b/w & color illus

Forest Pattern and Ecological Process is a major synthesis of 25 years of intensive research about the montane ash forests of Victoria, which support the world's tallest flowering plants and several of Australia's most high profile threatened and/or endangered species. It draws together major insights based on over 170 published scientific papers and books, offering a previously unrecognised set of perspectives of how forests function.

The book combines key strands of research on wildfires, biodiversity conservation, logging, conservation management, climate change and basic forest ecology and management. It is divided into seven sections: introduction and background; forest cover and the composition of the forest; the structure of the forest; animal occurrence; disturbance regimes; forest management; and overview and future directions.

Illustrated with more than 200 photographs and line drawings, Forest Pattern and Ecological Process is an essential reference for forest researchers, resource managers, conservation and wildlife biologists, ornithologists and mammalogists, and policy makers, as well as general readers with interests in wildlife and forests.

* The extent of synthesis at a range of key levels
* The depth of new perspectives on forest processes and ecological patterns in one of the world’s truly great forests – the montane ash forests
* The breadth of past and very current research that is both pure and applied
* The range of key topics and how they are inter-twined – wildfires, biodiversity conservation, logging, conservation management, climate change and basic forest ecology and management

Part I: Introduction and background
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Background
Chapter 3: Field survey methods
Part II: Forest cover and composition of the forest
Chapter 4: The ash-type eucalypt forest
Chapter 5: The rainforest
Part III: The structure of the forest
Chapter 6: Key structural features: overstorey trees with hollows
Chapter 7: Key structural features: understorey trees and the shrub layer
Chapter 8: Key structural features: logs
Part IV: Animal occurrence
Chapter 9: Distribution and abundance of individual species
Chapter 10: Viability of populations of individual species
Chapter 11: Composition of animal communities
Part V: Disturbance regimes
Chapter 12: Natural disturbance regimes: fire
Chapter 13: Human disturbance: logging
Chapter 14: Salvage logging effects
Part VI: Forest management and biodiversity conservation
Chapter 15: Reserves
Chapter 16: Mitigating logging impacts
Chapter 17: Monitoring
Part VII: Conclusions and future directions
Chapter 18: Conclusions and future directions

David Lindenmayer

David Lindenmayer is a Professor at The Australian National University. He has worked on the conservation of forests and their wildlife for more than 35 years. He has published 45 books and over 1100 scientific papers, and has broad interests in conservation biology, landscape ecology, vertebrate ecology, forest ecology and woodland conservation. He has received numerous awards and is a member of the Australian Academy of Science and an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow.