2013, XIII, 461 p. 207 illus., 100 illus. in color.
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John L. Vankat received an A.B. degree in biology from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota and M.A. and Ph. D. degrees in botany from the University of California, Davis. He taught and researched plant ecology in the Department of Botany, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio for thirty-one years. John’s interest in education led to his textbook The Natural Vegetation of North America: An Introduction. He completed forty-nine master’s and Ph.D. students, directing field research projects from California to Pennsylvania and from Alaska to Belize. John helped organize and was elected the first person to chair the Vegetation Section of the Ecological Society of America. Additionally, he helped organize and later chaired the North American Section of the International Association for Vegetation Science. After retiring from Miami University, John moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, where he accepted a four-year position as ecologist with Grand Canyon National Park to do research and bring research to bear on management issues. At present, John is Professor Emeritus from Miami University and both Senior Research Ecologist with the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research and Adjunct Professor in the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He continues to research forests, woodlands, and shrublands in the American Southwest, focusing on vegetation dynamics, and continues his interest in using science to enhance management of natural areas. John has published in twenty peer-reviewed journals, including Ecology, Forest Ecology and Management, Journal of Vegetation Science, Journal of Biogeography, Conservation Biology, Ecological Modelling, and Landscape Ecology. He has presented invited lectures at thirty-seven universities in ten countries.
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