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The Biology of Disturbed Habitats

Lawrence R. Walker


This book is a global synthesis of the concepts needed to understand and manage ecological responses to all types of terrestrial and aquatic disturbances. Natural disturbances such as volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, fires, floods, and droughts, in addition to human-caused disturbances such as mining, urbanization, forestry, agriculture, fishing, and recreation cause the abrupt loss of biomass or ecosystem structure. Plants, animals, and microbes respond by invading and forming communities that change over time in a process called succession. The book explores how nutrients and productivity ... More

Keywords: aquatic disturbances, biodiversity, conservation, disturbance responses, non-native species, nutrients, restoration, climate change, succession

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199575299
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575299.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence R. Walker, author
Professor of Ecology, University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA