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Rangeland Systems

Processes, Management and Challenges


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  • Unprecedented compilation of ecological and management knowledge regarding global rangelands

  • Content founded on the contributions of 80 authors with decades of experience in global rangelands

  • In-depth recommendations to reorganize management and policy to more effectively support rangeland systems in 21st century

Part of the book series: Springer Series on Environmental Management (SSEM)

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Rangeland Systems: Foundation for a Conceptual Framework

    • David D. Briske
    Pages 1-21Open Access
  3. Processes

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 23-23
    2. Woody Plant Encroachment: Causes and Consequences

      • Steven R. Archer, Erik M. Andersen, Katharine I. Predick, Susanne Schwinning, Robert J. Steidl, Steven R. Woods
      Pages 25-84Open Access
    3. Ecohydrology: Processes and Implications for Rangelands

      • Bradford P. Wilcox, David Le Maitre, Esteban Jobbagy, Lixin Wang, David D. Breshears
      Pages 85-129Open Access
    4. Soil and Belowground Processes

      • R. Dave Evans, Richard A. Gill, Valerie T. Eviner, Vanessa Bailey
      Pages 131-168Open Access
    5. Heterogeneity as the Basis for Rangeland Management

      • Samuel D. Fuhlendorf, Richard W. S. Fynn, Devan Allen McGranahan, Dirac Twidwell
      Pages 169-196Open Access
    6. Nonequilibrium Ecology and Resilience Theory

      • David D. Briske, Andrew W. Illius, J. Marty Anderies
      Pages 197-227Open Access
    7. Ecological Consequences of Climate Change on Rangelands

      • H. Wayne Polley, Derek W. Bailey, Robert S. Nowak, Mark Stafford-Smith
      Pages 229-260Open Access
  4. Management

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 261-261
    2. Rangelands as Social–Ecological Systems

      • Tracy Hruska, Lynn Huntsinger, Mark Brunson, Wenjun Li, Nadine Marshall, José L. Oviedo et al.
      Pages 263-302Open Access
    3. State and Transition Models: Theory, Applications, and Challenges

      • Brandon T. Bestelmeyer, Andrew Ash, Joel R. Brown, Bulgamaa Densambuu, María Fernández-Giménez, Jamin Johanson et al.
      Pages 303-345Open Access
    4. Livestock Production Systems

      • Justin D. Derner, Leigh Hunt, Kepler Euclides Filho, John Ritten, Judith Capper, Guodong Han
      Pages 347-372Open Access
    5. Adaptive Management of Rangeland Systems

      • Craig R. Allen, David G. Angeler, Joseph J. Fontaine, Ahjond S. Garmestani, Noelle M. Hart, Kevin L. Pope et al.
      Pages 373-394Open Access
    6. Managing the Livestock–Wildlife Interface on Rangelands

      • Johan T. du Toit, Paul C. Cross, Marion Valeix
      Pages 395-425Open Access
  5. Challenges

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 427-427
    2. Invasive Plant Species and Novel Rangeland Systems

      • Joseph M. DiTomaso, Thomas A. Monaco, Jeremy J. James, Jennifer Firn
      Pages 429-465Open Access
    3. Rangeland Ecosystem Services: Nature’s Supply and Humans’ Demand

      • Osvaldo E. Sala, Laura Yahdjian, Kris Havstad, Martín R. Aguiar
      Pages 467-489Open Access
    4. Managing Climate Change Risks in Rangeland Systems

      • Linda A. Joyce, Nadine A. Marshall
      Pages 491-526Open Access
    5. Monitoring Protocols: Options, Approaches, Implementation, Benefits

      • Jason W. Karl, Jeffrey E. Herrick, David A. Pyke
      Pages 527-567Open Access

About this book

This book is open access under a CC BY-NC 2.5 license.

This book provides an unprecedented synthesis of the current status of scientific and management knowledge regarding global rangelands and the major challenges that confront them. It has been organized around three major themes. The first summarizes the conceptual advances that have occurred in the rangeland profession. The second addresses the implications of these conceptual advances to management and policy. The third assesses several major challenges confronting global rangelands in the 21st century. This book will compliment applied range management textbooks by describing the conceptual foundation on which the rangeland profession is based. It has been written to be accessible to a broad audience, including ecosystem managers, educators, students and policy makers. The content is founded on the collective experience, knowledge and commitment of 80 authors who have worked in rangelands throughout the world. Their collective contributions indicate that a more comprehensive framework is necessary to address the complex challenges confronting global rangelands.  Rangelands represent adaptive social-ecological systems, in which societal values, organizations and capacities are of equal importance to, and interact with, those of ecological processes.  A more comprehensive framework for rangeland systems may enable management agencies, and educational, research and policy making organizations to more effectively assess complex problems and develop appropriate solutions.


  • ecosystem management
  • natural resource management
  • ecohydrology
  • rangelands
  • rangeland ecology
  • resilience
  • resilience-based management
  • social-ecological systems
  • climate change

Editors and Affiliations

  • Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA

    David D. Briske

About the editor

David D. Briske is the T.M. O’Connor Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science & Management at Texas A&M University, U.S.A.  He earned a B.A. in Botany from North Dakota State University and a Ph.D. from Colorado State University. His scholarship and pedagogy emphasize the ecological function and management strategies of global rangelands.  He has served as editor of the book ‘Conservation Benefits of Rangeland Practices’ and the journal ‘Rangeland Ecology & Management’. 

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