Long-Term Forest Dynamics of the Temperate Zone

A Case Study of Late-Quaternary Forests in Eastern North America

  • Paul A. Delcourt
  • Hazel R. Delcourt

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 63)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Paul A. Delcourt, Hazel R. Delcourt
    Pages 1-28
  3. Paul A. Delcourt, Hazel R. Delcourt
    Pages 29-61
  4. Paul A. Delcourt, Hazel R. Delcourt
    Pages 62-84
  5. Paul A. Delcourt, Hazel R. Delcourt
    Pages 85-106
  6. Paul A. Delcourt, Hazel R. Delcourt
    Pages 107-291
  7. Paul A. Delcourt, Hazel R. Delcourt
    Pages 292-330
  8. Paul A. Delcourt, Hazel R. Delcourt
    Pages 331-343
  9. Paul A. Delcourt, Hazel R. Delcourt
    Pages 344-362
  10. Paul A. Delcourt, Hazel R. Delcourt
    Pages 363-373
  11. Paul A. Delcourt, Hazel R. Delcourt
    Pages 374-398
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 399-439

About this book

Introduction

The synthesis presented in this volume is a direct outgrowth of our ten-year FORMAP Project (Forest Mapping Across Eastern North America from 20,000 yr B.P. to the Present). Many previous research efforts in paleoecology have used plant-fossil evidence as proxy information for primarily geologic or climatic reconstructions or as a bio­ stratigraphic basis for correlation of regional events. In contrast, in this book, we deal with ecological questions that require a holistic perspective that integrates the interactions of biota with their dynamically changing environments over time scales up to tens of thousands of years. In the FORMAP Project, our major research objective has been to use late-Quaternary plant-ecological data sets to evaluate long-term patterns and processes in forest de­ velopment. In order to accomplish this objective, we have prepared subcontinent-scale calibrations that quantitatively relate the production and dispersal of arboreal pollen to dominance in the vegetation for the major tree types of eastern North America. Quantification of pollen-vegetation relationships provides a basis for developing quan­ titative plant-ecological data sets that allow further ecological analysis of both individual taxa and forest communities through time. Application of these calibrations to fossil­ pollen records for interpreting forest history thus represents a fundamental step beyond traditional summaries based upon pollen percentages.

Keywords

Polle climate development ecology ecotone environment evolution forest geomorphology landscape ecology population dynamics stability tree vegetation

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul A. Delcourt
    • 1
  • Hazel R. Delcourt
    • 2
  1. 1.Program for Quaternary Studies of the Southeastern United States Graduate Program in Ecology Department of Geological SciencesUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.Program for Quaternary Studies of the Southeastern United States Graduate Program in Ecology Department of BotanyUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-4740-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-9136-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-4740-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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