Physiological Ecology of North American Plant Communities

  • Brian F. Chabot
  • Harold A. Mooney

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. F. Stuart Chapin III, Gaius R. Shaver
    Pages 16-40
  3. L. C. Bliss
    Pages 41-65
  4. Walter C. Oechel, William T. Lawrence
    Pages 66-94
  5. W. K. Smith
    Pages 95-126
  6. James P. Lassoie, Thomas M. Hinckley, Charles C. Grier
    Pages 127-161
  7. James Ehleringer
    Pages 162-180
  8. Park S. Nobel
    Pages 181-197
  9. M. Caldwell
    Pages 198-212
  10. H. A. Mooney, P. C. Miller
    Pages 213-231
  11. Paul G. Risser
    Pages 232-256
  12. David J. Hicks, Brian F. Chabot
    Pages 257-277
  13. Robert W. Pearcy, Robert H. Robichaux
    Pages 278-295
  14. Michael G. Barbour, Theodore M. De Jong, Bruce M. Pavlik
    Pages 296-322
  15. B. L. Haines, E. L. Dunn
    Pages 323-347
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 349-351

About this book


Although, as W.D. Billings notes in his chapter in this book. the development of physiological ecology can be traced back to the very beginnings of the study of ecology it is clear that the modern development of this field in North America is due in the large part to the efforts of Billings alone. The foundation that Billings laid in the late 1950s came from his own studies on deserts and subsequently arctic and alpine plants, and also from his enormous success in instilling enthusiasm for the field in the numerous students attracted to the plant ecology program at Duke University. Billings' own studies provided the model for subsequent work in this field. Physiological techniques. normally confined to the laboratory. were brought into the field to examine processes under natural environmental conditions. These field studies were accompanied by experiments under controlled conditions where the relative impact of various factors could be assessed and further where genetic as opposed to environmental influences could be separated. This blending of field and laboratory approaches promoted the design of experiments which were of direct relevance to understanding the distribution and abundance of plants in nature. Physiological mechanisms were studied and assessed in the context of the functioning of plants under natural conditions rather than as an end in itself.



Editors and affiliations

  • Brian F. Chabot
    • 1
  • Harold A. Mooney
    • 2
  1. 1.Section of Ecology and SystematicsCornell UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesStanford UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8641-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4830-3
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