LTER Book Series

Structure And Function Of A Chihuahuan Desert Ecosystem by Kris M. Havstad, Laura F. Huenneke, William H. Schlesinger
Hardback, $109.99

The Jornada Basin LTER is located in the Chihuahuan Desert, the largest in North America. This region of south central New Mexico has a history of nearly 100 years as the basis for scientific research.

This work gives a thorough, encompassing review of the tremendous array of observations resulting from experiments conducted in this ecosystem.

Beginning with thorough descriptions of the most salient features of the region, the book then reviews a wide range of archived and active data sets on a diversity of biotic and abiotic features. It next presents a syntheses of important topics including livestock grazing and remediation efforts.

A concluding chapter provides a synthesis of the principles that have emerged from this body of work, and how... Read more

Long-Term Dynamics Of Lakes In The Landscape by John J. Magnuson, Timothy K. Kratz, Barbara J. Benson
Hardcover, $109.99

This site-synthesis volume presents 20 years of work at the North Temperate Lakes Long-Term Research Site. It provides the definitive information base for the ecology of temperate lakes, and a general assessment of the role of lakes within their landscapes.

The Wisconsin temperate lakes LTER site has had a major role in the growth of our modern limonological understanding, and this book also chronicles the history of this work.

The book should be of interest to most American limonologists and a significant number of general ecologists.

Alaska's Changing Boreal Forest by F. Stuart Chapin, Mark W. Oswood, Keith van Cleve, Leslie A. Viereck, David L. Verbyla
Hardback, $85

The boreal forest is the northern-most woodland biome, whose natural history is rooted in the influence of low temperature and high-latitude. Alaska's boreal forest is now warming as rapidly as the rest of Earth, providing an unprecedented look at how this cold-adapted, fire-prone forest adjusts to change.

This volume synthesizes current understanding of the ecology of Alaska's boreal forests and describes their unique features in the context of circumpolar and global patterns. It tells how fire and climate contributed to the biome's current dynamics. As climate warms and permafrost (permanently frozen ground) thaws, the boreal forest may be on the cusp of a major change in state. The editors have gathered a remarkable set of contributors to discuss this swift environmental... Read more

Principles And Standards For Measuring Primary Production by Timothy J. Fahey, Alan K. Knapp
Hardback, $60

Principles and Standards for Measuring Net Primary Production in Long-Term Ecological Studies is the first book to establish a standardized method for measuring net primary productivity (NPP) in ecological research. Primary productivity is the rate at which energy is stored in the organic matter of plants per unit area of the earth's surface. As the beginning stage of the carbon cycle, our ability to accurately measure NPP is essential to any ecological analysis, as well as agronomy, forestry, fisheries, limnology and oceanography. In fact, NPP measurements are fundamental to ecosystem studies at thousands of sites around the world.

All 26 LTER sites will be expected to collect and report data using these new standards, but the standards should reach well beyond LTER sites. Identified... Read more

Biodiversity in Drylands by Moshe Shachak, James R. Gosz, Steward T.A. Pickett, Avi Perevolotsky
Hardback, $115

Biodiversity in Drylands, the first internationally based synthesis volume in the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network Series, unifies the concepts of species and landscape diversity with respect to deserts. Within this framework, the book treats several emerging themes, among them:

  • How animal biodiversity can be supported in deserts
  • Diversity's relation to habitat structure, environmental variability, and species interactions
  • The relation between spatial scale and diversity
  • How to use a landscape simulation model to understand diversity
  • Microbial contributions to biodiversity in deserts
  • Species diversity and ecosystem processes
  • Resource partitioning and biodiversity in fractal environments
  • Effects of grazing on biodiversity
  • ... Read more
Climate Variability and Ecosystem Response at Long-Term Ecological Research Sites by David Greenland, Douglas G. Goodin, Raymond C. Smith
Hardback, $119.99

This volume in the Long-Term Ecological Research Network Series would present the work that has been done and the understanding and database that have been developed by work on climate change done at all the LTER sites.

Global climate change is a central issue facing the world, which is being worked on by a very large number of scientists across a wide range of fields.

The LTER sites hold some of the best available data measuring long term impacts and changes in the environment, and the research done at these sites has not previously been made widely available to the broader climate change research community.

This book should appeal reasonably widely outside the ecological community, and because it... Read more

Structure And Function Of An Alpine Ecosystem: Niwot Ridge, Colorado by William D. Bowman, Thomas R. Seastedt
Hardback, $154.99

This book will provide a complete overview of an alpine ecosystem, based on the long-term research conducted at the Niwot Ridge LTER. There is, at present, no general book on alpine ecology. The alpine ecosystem features conditions near the limits of biological existence, and is a useful laboratory for asking more general ecological questions, because it offers large environmental change over relatively short distances. Factors such as macroclimate, microclimate, soil conditions, biota, and various biological factors change on differing scales, allowing insight into the relative contributions of the different factors on ecological outcomes.

Grassland Dynamics by Alan K. Knapp, John M. Briggs, David C. Hartnett, Scott L. Collins
Hardback, $75

This is the first volume in the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network Series.

Established in 1980, the LTER program is exploring a wide variety of biomes characteristic of the United States and developing a baseline for ecosystem dynamics over long time periods and broad spatial scales. The volumes in this series will include both comprehensive reviews of research from particular sites and topical overviews which use data from many sites to examine important questions in ecology.

This volume, which focuses on the Konza Prairie in northeastern Kansas, is a synthesis of over 15 years of research in pristine tallgrass prairie. It gives a comprehensive site description and summarizes the key long-term studies that form the basis for the Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research Program. It then... Read more

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