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The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America

Frank Gilliam


Over the last decade, the field of plant ecology has significantly developed and expanded, especially in research concerning the herb layer and ground vegetation of forests. This revised second edition accounts for that growth, presenting research that approaches the ecology of the herb layer of forests from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. The book synthesizes the research of top ecologists and biologists on herbaceous layer structure, composition, and dynamics of a variety of forest ecosystem types in eastern North America. The 2003 first edition of this book was praised for contai ... More

Keywords: plant ecology, forest ground vegetation, forest herb layer, herbaceous layer structure, herbaceous layer composition, forest ecosystem, North America

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199837656
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199837656.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Gilliam, editor
Professor of Biological Sciences, Marshall University

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1 Introduction

Frank S. Gilliam

Part One The Environment of the Herbaceous Layer

Part Two Population Biology of the Herbaceous Layer

5 Mating Systems and Floral Biology of the Herb Layer

Carol Goodwillie and Claudia L. Jolls

6 Populations of and Threats to Rare Plants of the Herb Layer

Claudia L. Jolls and Dennis F. Whigham

Part Three Community Dynamics of the Herbaceous Layer Across Spatial and Temporal Scales

10 Herbaceous Layer Species Richness of Southeastern Forests and Woodlands

Robert K. Peet, Kyle A. Palmquist, and Samantha M. Tessel

11 Temporal Patterns in Herbaceous Layer Communities of the North Carolina Piedmont

Robert K. Peet, Norman L. Christensen, and Frank S. Gilliam

12 Composition and Dynamics of the Understory Vegetation in the Boreal Forests of Quebec

Louis De Grandpré, Yves Bergeron, Nicole J. Fenton, Thuy Nguyen, Catherine Boudreault, and Pierre Grondin

Part Four Community Dynamics of the Herbaceous Layer and the Role of Disturbance

15 Forest Invasions

James O. Luken

17 A Pox on our Land

Walter P. Carson, Alejandro A. Royo, and Chris J. Peterson

Part Five Synthesis

End Matter