Beavers: Boreal Ecosystem Engineers

Authors: Johnston, Carol

  • Focuses specifically on landscape and ecosystem alteration by beavers
  • Provides a cohesive reference useful to wetland scientists, ecosystem and landscape ecologists, wildlife managers, and students
  • Contains many potential applications to natural resource management in boreal regions, including how beaver activity affects water storage, sediment and nutrient transport, and the availability of wetlands as wildlife habitat
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About this book

Bridging the fields of ecosystem science and landscape ecology, this book integrates Dr. Carol Johnston's research on beaver ecosystem alteration at Voyageurs National Park. The findings about the vegetation, soils, and chemistry of beaver impoundments synthesized in the text provide a cohesive reference useful to wetland scientists, ecosystems and landscape ecologysts, wildlife managers, and students. The beaver, Castor canadensis, is an ecosystem engineer unequaled in its capacity to alter landscapes through browsing and dam building, whose population recovery has re-established environmental conditions that probably existed for millenia prior to its near extirpation by trapping in the 1800s and 1900s. Beavers continue to regain much of their natural range throughout North America, changing stream and forest ecosystems in ways that may be lauded or vilified. Interest in beavers by ecologists remains keen as new evidence emerges about the ecological, hydrological, and biogeochemical effects of beaver browsing and construction. There is a critical need for ecologists and land managers to understand the potential magnitude, persistence, and ecosystem services of beaver landscape transformation. The 88-year record of beaver landscape occupation and alteration documented by Dr. Carol Johnston and colleagues from aerial photography and field work provides a unique resource toward understanding the ecosystem effects and sustainability of beaver activity.

About the authors

Carol A. Johnston, Professor, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57006

Email: carol.johnston@sdstate.edu

Phone: (605) 688-6464

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Legacy of Beaver–Human Interaction

    Johnston, Carol A.

    Pages 1-11

  • Ecosystem Engineers: Beaver Ponds

    Johnston, Carol A.

    Pages 13-49

  • Altering the Water Cycle

    Johnston, Carol A. (et al.)

    Pages 51-89

  • Beaver Loggers: Beaver Herbivory Alters Forest Structure

    Johnston, Carol A.

    Pages 91-116

  • Soils of Beaver Meadows

    Johnston, Carol A.

    Pages 117-136

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-61533-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
valid through November 5, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-61532-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Beavers: Boreal Ecosystem Engineers
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-61533-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-61533-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-61532-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIX, 272
Number of Illustrations and Tables
17 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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