Ecology of Plants (2nd edition)

Jessica Gurevitch; Gordon A. Fox

Brighter than ever, this text covers a range of topics with the focus on the interactions between plants and their environment over a range of scales. Throughout the book, human environmental influences are discussed as well as the importance of evolutionary and other historical processes for current ecology.


1 The Science of Plant Ecology
Part I. The Individual and Its Environment
2 Photosynthesis and the Light Environment
3 Water Relations and Energy Balance
4 Soils, Mineral Nutrition, and Belowground Interactions
Part II. Evolution and Population Biology
5 Processes of Evolution
6 Outcomes of Evolution
7 Population Structure, Growth, and Decline
8 Growth and Reproduction of Individuals
9 Plant Life Histories
Part III. From Populations to Communities
10 Competition
11 Herbivory and Plant-Pathogen Interactions
12 Community Properties
13 Disturbance and Succession
14 Local Abundance, Diversity, and Rarity
Part IV. From Ecosystems to Landscapes
15 Ecosystem Processes
16 Communities in Landscapes
17 Landscape Ecology
Part V. Global Patterns and Processes
18 Climate and Physiognomy
19 Biomes
20 Regional and Global Diversity
21 Paleoecology
22 Global Change: Humans and Plants


Jessica Gurevitch is Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences (Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics) at Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona. Research projects currently underway include empirical, experimental and modeling approaches to studying pine demography, and experimental studies of plant invasions in forests.; Samuel M. Scheiner is currently working for the U.S. federal government. Previously he was on the faculties of Arizona State University, Northern Illinois University, and the University of Arizona. He earned his B.A., M.S., and Ph.D., all in Biology, from the University of Chicago. Dr. Scheiner's research has been involved equally with plants and animals, the theoretical and the empirical, including population genetics, physiological ecology, population biology, and macroecology. Currently, his research centers on three issues: phenotypic plasticity, measuring natural selection, and both theoretical and empirical work on large-scale patterns of species diversity.; Gordon A. Fox is Associate Professor of Biology at the University of South Florida. He earned a B.A. in History at the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona, where he researched the ecology, genetics, and evolution of annual plants in the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts. His postdoctoral work at the University of California, Davis concentrated on theoretical population genetics. His current research interests include: population dynamics of plants in a stochastic world; the ecology of populations in fire-prone regions; the ecology and evolution of reproductive timing in plants; and applications of population ecology to conservation of endangered plants.