Ecosystem Function in Heterogeneous Landscapes

  • Gary M. Lovett
  • Monica G. Turner
  • Clive G. Jones
  • Kathleen C. Weathers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Challenges and Conceptual Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-8
    2. Gary M. Lovett, Clive G. Jones, Monica G. Turner, Kathleen C. Weathers
      Pages 1-4
    3. Monica G. Turner, F. Stuart Chapin III
      Pages 9-30
    4. Ethan P. White, James H. Brown
      Pages 31-47
  3. Perspectives from Different Disciplines

  4. Illustrations of Heterogeneity and Ecosystem Function

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-188
    2. David J. Tongway, John A. Ludwig
      Pages 189-205
    3. Marcel Meinders, Nico Van Breemen
      Pages 207-227
    4. Merritt R. Turetsky, Michelle C. Mack, Jennifer W. Harden, Kristen L. Manies
      Pages 229-255
    5. Larry E. Band, Mary L. Cadenasso, C. Susan Grimmond, J. Morgan Grove, Steward T. A. Pickett
      Pages 257-278
    6. Robert J. Naiman, J. Scott Bechtold, Deanne C. Drake, Joshua J. Latterell, Thomas C. O'Keefe, Estelle V. Balian
      Pages 279-309
    7. Stuart G. Fisher, Jill R. Welter
      Pages 311-328
    8. Timothy K. Kratz, Sally MacIntyre, Katherine E. Webster
      Pages 329-347
  5. Application of Frameworks and Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 349-352
    2. Hugh P. Possingham, Janet Franklin, Kerrie Wilson, Tracey J. Regan
      Pages 389-406
  6. Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 407-410
    2. Gaius R. Shaver
      Pages 443-449
    3. Gary M. Lovett, Clive G. Jones, Monica G. Turner, Kathleen C. Weathers
      Pages 463-470
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 471-489

About this book


The study of ecosystems, fundamental to ecology, has been complemented by the growing field of landscape ecology.  Ecosystem Function in Heterogeneous Landscapes addresses how interactions among ecosystems affect the functioning of individual ecosystems and the larger landscape.  This groundbreaking synthesis unites ecosystem ecology's knowledge of system function with landscape ecology's knowledge of spatial structure. 

Practical concerns about scaling up from individual ecosystems to larger landscapes require an understanding of how networks of interacting ecosystems function together.  The book elucidates the challenges faced by ecosystem scientists working in spatially heterogeneous systems, relevant conceptual approaches used in other disciplines and in different ecosystem types, and the importance of spatial heterogeneity in conservation resource management.  The distinguished authors discuss how how much heterogeneity needs to be taken into account for specific types of scientific and management issues.  Their chapters cover the spectrum from proposing novel conceptual approaches to detailing the practical implications of heterogeneous landscapes for fire management, water management and conservation planning.


Function Heterogeneous Jones Landscapes Lovett Turner Weathers ecology ecosystem ecosystem ecology environment landscape ecology ocean population ecology

Editors and affiliations

  • Gary M. Lovett
    • 1
  • Monica G. Turner
    • 2
  • Clive G. Jones
    • 1
  • Kathleen C. Weathers
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Ecosystem StudiesMillbrookUSA
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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