Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. David D. Briske
    Pages 1-21 Open Access
  3. Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Steven R. Archer, Erik M. Andersen, Katharine I. Predick, Susanne Schwinning, Robert J. Steidl, Steven R. Woods
      Pages 25-84 Open Access
    3. Bradford P. Wilcox, David Le Maitre, Esteban Jobbagy, Lixin Wang, David D. Breshears
      Pages 85-129 Open Access
    4. R. Dave Evans, Richard A. Gill, Valerie T. Eviner, Vanessa Bailey
      Pages 131-168 Open Access
    5. Samuel D. Fuhlendorf, Richard W. S. Fynn, Devan Allen McGranahan, Dirac Twidwell
      Pages 169-196 Open Access
    6. David D. Briske, Andrew W. Illius, J. Marty Anderies
      Pages 197-227 Open Access
    7. H. Wayne Polley, Derek W. Bailey, Robert S. Nowak, Mark Stafford-Smith
      Pages 229-260 Open Access
  4. Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Tracy Hruska, Lynn Huntsinger, Mark Brunson, Wenjun Li, Nadine Marshall, José L. Oviedo et al.
      Pages 263-302 Open Access
    3. Brandon T. Bestelmeyer, Andrew Ash, Joel R. Brown, Bulgamaa Densambuu, María Fernández-Giménez, Jamin Johanson et al.
      Pages 303-345 Open Access
    4. Justin D. Derner, Leigh Hunt, Kepler Euclides Filho, John Ritten, Judith Capper, Guodong Han
      Pages 347-372 Open Access
    5. Craig R. Allen, David G. Angeler, Joseph J. Fontaine, Ahjond S. Garmestani, Noelle M. Hart, Kevin L. Pope et al.
      Pages 373-394 Open Access
    6. Johan T. du Toit, Paul C. Cross, Marion Valeix
      Pages 395-425 Open Access
  5. Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 427-427
    2. Joseph M. DiTomaso, Thomas A. Monaco, Jeremy J. James, Jennifer Firn
      Pages 429-465 Open Access
    3. Osvaldo E. Sala, Laura Yahdjian, Kris Havstad, Martín R. Aguiar
      Pages 467-489 Open Access
    4. Linda A. Joyce, Nadine A. Marshall
      Pages 491-526 Open Access
    5. Jason W. Karl, Jeffrey E. Herrick, David A. Pyke
      Pages 527-567 Open Access
    6. D. Layne Coppock, María Fernández-Giménez, Pierre Hiernaux, Elisabeth Huber-Sannwald, Catherine Schloeder, Corinne Valdivia et al.
      Pages 569-641 Open Access
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 643-661

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

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  • David D. Briske
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  1. 1.Ecosystem Science and ManagementTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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