Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. John Pastor
    Pages 1-17
  3. The Assembly of a Northern Ecosystem and the European Discovery of Its Natural History

  4. Capturing the Light

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-67
    2. John Pastor
      Pages 67-77
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      Pages 79-89
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      Pages 91-99
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      Pages 101-110
  5. Foraging, Food Webs, and Population Cycles of Predators and Their Prey

  6. Pollinators, Flowers, Fruits, and Seeds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-173
    2. John Pastor
      Pages 189-195
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      Pages 197-206
  7. Fire and the Dynamics of the Landscape

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-206
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      Pages 219-226
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 237-298

About this book


John Pastor explores the natural history of the North Woods, an immense and complex forest that stretches from the western shore of Lake Superior to the far coast of Newfoundland. From the geological history of the region to the shapes of leaves and the relationship between aspens, caterpillars, and predators, Pastor delves into a fascinating range of topics as diverse as the North Woods themselves. Through his meticulous observations of the natural world, scientists and nonscientists alike learn to ask natural history questions and form their own theories, gaining a greater understanding of and love for the North Woods—and other natural places precious to them.


Ecology Environment Woods Nature Evolution

Authors and affiliations

  • John Pastor
    • 1
  1. 1.DuluthUSA

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