Forest Succession

Concepts and Application

  • Darrell C. West
  • Herman H. Shugart
  • Daniel B. Botkin

Part of the Springer Advanced Texts in Life Sciences book series (SATLIFE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Darrell C. West, Herman H. Shugart, Daniel B. Botkin
    Pages 1-6
  3. Robert P. McIntosh
    Pages 10-23
  4. Daniel B. Botkin
    Pages 36-55
  5. Herman H. Shugart, Darrell C. West, W. R. Emanuel
    Pages 74-94
  6. Linda B. Brubaker
    Pages 95-106
  7. J. Walker, C. H. Thompson, I. F. Fergus, B. R. Tunstall
    Pages 107-131
  8. Allen M. Solomon, Darrell C. West, Jean A. Solomon
    Pages 154-177
  9. Jerry F. Franklin, Miles A. Hemstrom
    Pages 212-229
  10. Norman L. Christensen, Robert K. Peet
    Pages 230-245
  11. Arturo Gómez-Pompa, Carlos Vázquez-Yanes
    Pages 246-266
  12. Peter M. Vitousek, Peter S. White
    Pages 267-276
  13. Kermit Cromack Jr.
    Pages 361-373
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 449-517

About this book


Succession-nothing in plant, community, or ecosystem ecology has been so elaborated by terminology, so much reviewed, and yet so much the center of controversy. In a general sense, every ecologist uses the concept in teaching and research, but no two ecologists seem to have a unified concept of the details of succession. The word was used by Thoreau to describe, from a naturalist's point of view, the general changes observed during the transition of an old field to a forest. As data accumulated, a lengthy taxonomy of succession developed around early twentieth century ecologists such as Cooper, Clements, and Gleason. Now, nearer the end of the century, and after much discussion concerning the nature of vegetation communities, where do ecologists stand with respect to knowledge of ecological succession? The intent of this book is not to rehash classic philosophies of succession that have emerged through the past several decades of study, but to provide a forum for ecologists to present their current research and present-day interpretation of data. To this end, we brought together a group of scientists currently studying terrestrial plant succession, who represent research experience in a broad spectrum of different ecosystem types. The results of that meeting led to this book, which presents to the reader a unique summary of contemporary research on forest succession.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Darrell C. West
    • 1
  • Herman H. Shugart
    • 1
  • Daniel B. Botkin
    • 2
  1. 1.Environmental Sciences DivisionOak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies ProgramUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-5952-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-5950-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-6226
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