Plant community ecology: Papers in honor of Robert H. Whittaker

  • Editors
  • R. K. Peet

Part of the Advances in vegetation science book series (AIVS, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VI
  2. Introduction

    1. R. K. Peet
      Pages 1-4
  3. Robert H. Whittaker (1920–1980): The man and his work

    1. W. E. Westman, R. K. Peet
      Pages 5-30
  4. Community analysis

  5. Compositional gradients

  6. Community dynamics

  7. Species diversity

About this book


R. K. Peet Dep. of Botany, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N. C. 27514, USA Robert Whittaker's contributions to ecology were many and remarkably varied. His publication record will long stand as a monument to his greatness, and whatever we do to honor him will likely be rather small in comparison. Less well known were his personal interactions and the impact they had on the development of ecology as well as individual scientists. Over the years he touched many of us and we felt not just a professional but also a deep personal loss in his passing. After his death I was contacted by numerous colleagues who wondered what they might do to honor him. Whittaker had long served on the editorial board of Vegetatio, which prompted Eddy van der Maarel to suggest that a series of papers in the journal might be a fitting memorial, and so this project was conceived. Whittaker was a master of synthesis and during his career he published numerous review papers which showed clearly how his work related to and built on that of others. For this reason it seemed inappropriate and redundant to solicit papers reviewing areas to which Whittaker made important contributions. Instead, I chose to solicit research papers illustrating current applications of approaches Whittaker developed and showing a few of the recent advances which have grown directly from his pioneering work.


Ordination ecology environment species diversity vegetation

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8939-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5526-4
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