Forgotten Grasslands of the South

Natural History and Conservation

Authors: Noss, Reed F

  • Reed Noss is a passionate narrator and eloquent writer, who brings scientific insight, literary talent, and near cult-status within the larger conservation biology community
  • The first book to offer a comprehensive look at the natural and human history, ecology, distribution, and conservation of Southern grasslands
  • The book’s unifying theme—the critical role of ecological processes in healthy landscapes—is becoming more and more significant to the conservation biology community
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About this book

Forgotten Grasslands of the South is the study of one of the biologically richest and most endangered ecosystems in North America. In a seamless blend of science and personal observation, renowned ecologist Reed Noss explains the natural history of southern grasslands, their origin and history, and the physical determinants of grassland distribution, including ecology, soils, landform, and hydrology.

In addition to offering fascinating new information about these little-studied ecosystems, Noss demonstrates how natural history is central to the practice of conservation. Although theory and experimentation have recently dominated the field of ecology, ecologists are coming to realize how these distinct approaches are not divergent but complementary, and that pursuing them together can bring greater knowledge and understanding of how the natural world works and how we can best conserve it.

This long-awaited work sets a new standard for scientific literature and is essential reading for those who study and work to conserve the grasslands of the South as well as for everyone who is fascinated by the natural world.

About the authors

Reed Noss is Provost’s Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Central Florida and President of the Florida Institute for Conservation Science. He has a B.S. in Education from the University of Dayton, an M.S. in Ecology from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Conservation Biology (1993-1997), President of the Society for Conservation Biology (1999-2001), and President of the North American Section of the Society (2006-2008). He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has served on many boards and advisory panels, including the Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology, the Board of Trustees of the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and Florida’s Acquisition and Restoration Council. He recently served as Vice-Chair of a Federal Advisory Committee for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program.

Professor Noss has nearly 300 publications and is recognized as one of the 500 most highly cited authors in all fields. His research involves the application of science to species-level and ecosystem-level conservation planning, restoration, and management. He is currently writing a book on southern grasslands, studying the effects of suburban and exurban development on bird communities, and conducting research on impacts of, and adaptation to, sea-level rise in Florida.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Natural History of a Forgotten American Grassland

    Noss, Reed F.

    Pages 1-32

  • Origin and History

    Noss, Reed F.

    Pages 33-71

  • Biological Hotspots and Endangered Ecosystems

    Noss, Reed F.

    Pages 73-115

  • Physical Factors: Rock, Soil, Landform, Water, and Wind

    Noss, Reed F.

    Pages 117-180

  • Fire, Big Animals, and Interactions

    Noss, Reed F.

    Pages 181-237

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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Forgotten Grasslands of the South
Book Subtitle
Natural History and Conservation
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Island Press/Center for Resource Economics
Copyright Holder
Island Press
eBook ISBN
978-1-61091-225-9
DOI
10.5822/978-1-61091-225-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 317
Number of Illustrations and Tables
75 b/w illustrations
Topics