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A Comparison of Vegetation Function in Two Mediterranean Type Ecosystems

  • P. C. Miller

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 39)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Philip C. Miller
    Pages 1-15
  3. Deborah Steward, Patrick J. Webber
    Pages 43-68
  4. Jochen Kummerow, Gloria Montenegro, David Krause
    Pages 69-96
  5. Philip C. Miller, Ernst Hajek, Dennis K. Poole, Stephen W. Roberts
    Pages 97-121
  6. Dennis K. Poole, Stephen W. Roberts, Philip C. Miller
    Pages 123-149
  7. Walter C. Oechel, William Lawrence, Jamil Mustafa, José Martínez
    Pages 151-183
  8. Walter C. Oechel, William Lawrence
    Pages 185-235
  9. John T. Gray, William H. Schlesinger
    Pages 259-285
  10. Martha B. Jacobson, Wayne A. Stoner, Susan P. Richards
    Pages 287-368
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 409-457

About this book


The comparative study of mediterranean type ecosystems has gained considerable momentum during the past two decades. Modem studies on these systems date from the work of Ray Specht, who studied the dynamics of the heath vegetation of south­ ern Australia. The results of these studies first appeared in 1957 (Specht and Rayson, 1957) and were summarized in 1973 (Specht, 1973). Specht followed this detailed work, which pointed to the central role of nutrients in limiting the productivity of the Australian heath, with a general comparison of the structural features of woody plant communities in mediterranean type ecosystems of Australia, southern France, and southern California (Specht, 1969a,b). The comparative studies emphasized remark­ able convergent features of these ecosystems, particularly in relation to structural features affecting primary production. Naveh (l967) also did comparative studies focusing on grassland types that occur in the mediterranean climatic zones of Califor­ nia and IsraeL About this same time, independent studies by Mooney and Dunn (1970 a,b) and Mooney et al. (1970) made preliminary structural and functional comparisons of the vegetations of mediterranean type ecosystems in California and Chile in an at­ tempt to derive an evolutionary model explaining the basis of their convergent natures. Much of the knowledge of these ecosystems up to 1973 was summarized in volume 7 of Ecological Studies, Medite"anean Type Ecosystems: Origin and Structure (di Castri and Mooney, 1973). This volume builds on its series predecessor in many ways.


Woody plant biology carbon cyclin development ecosystem environment growth metabolism nutrient cycling plant plant growth temperature vegetation wind

Editors and affiliations

  • P. C. Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biology, College of SciencesSan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-5898-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-5896-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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