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Animals' Influence on the Landscape and Ecological Importance

Natives, Newcomers, Homecomers

Authors: Holtmeier, Friedrich-Karl

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  • Addresses the functional role of animals in landscape ecosystems and the practical implications for landscape management and nature conservation
  • Assesses the role of animals with special regard to the specific local socio-cultural and economic conditions
  • Includes a section on climate change effects on animal-habitat interactions
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In its first English-language edition, this book introduces the many-faceted interactions of animal populations with their habitats. From soil fauna, ants and termites to small and large herbivores, burrowing mammals and birds, the author presents a comprehensive analysis of animals and ecosystems that is as broad and varied as all nature. Chapter 2 addresses the functional role of animals in landscape ecosystems, emphasizing fluxes of energy and matter within and between ecosystems, and the effects of animals on qualitative and structural habitat change. Discussion includes chapters on the role of animal population density and the impacts of native herbivores on vegetation and habitats from the tropics to the polar regions. Cyclic mass outbreaks of species such as the larch bud moth in Switzerland, the mountain pine beetle and the African red-billed weaver bird are described and analyzed. Other chapters discuss Zoochory – the dispersal of seeds by ants, mammals and birds – and the influence of burrowing animals on soil development and geomorphology. Consideration extends to the impact of feral domestic animals. Chapter 5 focuses on problems resulting from introduction of alien animals and from re-introduction of animal species to their original habitats, discusses the effects on ecosystems of burrowing, digging and trampling by animals. The author also addresses keystone species such as kangaroo rats, termites and beavers. Chapter 6 addresses the role of animals in landscape management and nature conservation, with chapters on the impact of newcomer species such as animals introduced into Australia, New Zealand and Europe, and the consequences of reintroduction of species to original habitat. It also discusses the carrying capacity of natural habit, public attitudes toward conversation and more. The final section ponders the effects of climate on interactions between animals and their habitats.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-9294-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-94-017-9293-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: November 11, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0367-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Animals' Influence on the Landscape and Ecological Importance
Book Subtitle
Natives, Newcomers, Homecomers
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-9294-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-9294-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-9293-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0367-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXI, 522
Number of Illustrations
106 b/w illustrations, 65 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
Original German Edition published by Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart, 2002
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