Fire in Mediterranean Ecosystems: Ecology, Evolution and Management

Fire in Mediterranean Ecosystems: Ecology, Evolution and Management

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Professor Jon E. Keeley, William J. Bond, Ross A. Bradstock, Juli G. Pausas, Philip W. Rundel
Cambridge University Press, 12/30/2011
EAN 9780521824910, ISBN10: 0521824915

Hardcover, 522 pages, 24.4 x 17 x 2.9 cm
Language: English

Exploring the role of fire in each of the five Mediterranean-type climate ecosystems, this book offers a unique view of the evolution of fire-adapted traits and the role of fire in shaping Earth's ecosystems. Analyzing these geographically separate but ecologically convergent ecosystems provides key tools for understanding fire regime diversity and its role in the assembly and evolutionary convergence of ecosystems. Topics covered include regional patterns, the ecological role of wildfires, the evolution of species within those systems, and the ways in which societies have adapted to living in fire-prone environments. Outlining complex processes clearly and methodically, the discussion challenges the belief that climate and soils alone can explain the global distribution and assembly of plant communities. An ideal research tool for graduates and researchers, this study provides valuable insights into fire management and the requirements for regionally tailored approaches to fire management across the globe.

Part I. Introduction
1. Mediterranean-type climate (MTC) ecosystems and fire
2. Fire and the fire regime framework
3. Fire related plant traits
Part II. Regional Patterns
4. Fire in the Mediterranean basin
5. Fire in California
6. Fire in Chile
7. Fire in the Cape region of South Africa
8. Fire in southern Australia
Part III. Comparative Ecology, Evolution and Management
9. Fire-adaptive trait evolution
10. Fire and the origins of Mediterranean-type vegetation
11. Plant diversity and fire
12. Alien species and fire
13. Fire management of Mediterranean landscapes
14. Climate, fire and geology in the convergence of Mediterranean-type climate ecosystems

"The authors have succeeded in producing an insightful study of fire as an important determinant of ecosystem assembly and distribution……….The first and second sections provide an excellent introduction for a researcher new to these regions or to fire ecology while the final section, by not shying away from big issues and debates, provides plenty of thought-provoking grist for experienced specialists in the biogeography of these regions."
Dylan Schwilk, Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University for frontiers of biogeography