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The Ecology of Plants

Third Edition

Jessica Gurevitch, Samuel M. Scheiner, and Gordon A. Fox

Publication Date - July 2020

ISBN: 9781605358291

648 pages
8 1/2 x 11 inches

In Stock

A comprehensive and engaging university textbook in plant ecology


The Ecology of Plants provides comprehensive, contemporary coverage of plant ecology. Now in its third edition, the text incorporates current scientific developments and includes hundreds of stunning photographs, insightful illustrations, and references. It also features a clean, modern design that makes the material accessible and appealing. The book covers a range of current and historical ecological topics, presented in an evolutionary context, with the focus on the interactions between plants and their environments over a range of scales. Some of the subjects covered are unique to plants, such as photosynthesis and the ecology of plant-soil interactions; other topics, such as resource and mate acquisition, emphasize the distinctive ways plants (in contrast to animals) deal with their environments. The book uniquely emphasizes the importance of evolutionary and other historical ecological processes as well as human environmental influences. While the book is written for an undergraduate course in plant ecology, the engaging style, thorough coverage of the field, and contemporary perspective make it accessible and useful to others as well, including graduate students in conservation biology, evolutionary biologists and resource managers.

New to this Edition

  • Includes new developments and ideas, as well as new evaluations of older work
  • An enlivened art program provides new, updated, and redrawn illustrations and photos
  • A redesigned layout with a clean, modern design makes the material accessible and appealing
  • Materials have been reorganized, consolidated, and developed in certain sections to include a fuller treatment: the section on how to think about and quantify diversity has been updated and consolidated into a single chapter, and the explanations of Earth's climate and climate change have been integrated, sharpened, and made clearer

About the Author(s)

Jessica Gurevitch is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University.

Samuel M. Scheiner is a researcher in ecology and evolution.

Gordon A. Fox is Adjunct Professor of Biology at the University of New Mexico, and Emeritus Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida.

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. The Science of Plant Ecology

    Part 1: Individuals and Their Environment

    Chapter 2. Photosynthesis and Light
    Chapter 3. Water Relations and Thermal Energy Balance
    Chapter 4. Soil and Terrestrial Plant Life
    Chapter 5. Ecosystem Processes

    Part 2: From Individuals to Populations

    Chapter 6. Individual Growth and Reproduction
    Chapter 7. Plant Life Histories
    Chapter 8. Population Structure, Growth, and Decline
    Chapter 9. Evolution: Processes and Change

    Part 3: Population Interactions and Communities

    Chapter 10. Competition and Other Plant Interactions
    Chapter 11. Herbivory and other Trophic Interactions
    Chapter 12. Community diversity and structure
    Chapter 13. Community dynamics and succession
    Chapter 14. Local Abundance, Diversity, and Rarity

    Part 4: From Landscapes to Planet Earth
    Chapter 15. Landscapes: Pattern and Scale
    Chapter 16. Climate, Plants, and Climate Change
    Chapter 17. Paleoecology
    Chapter 18. Biomes and Physiognomy
    Chapter 19. Global Biodiversity Patterns, Loss, and Conservation

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