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Forest Ecology Hardcover – 9 Jan 1980

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Excellent Forest Ecology Text 9 Jan. 2007
By T. R. Morley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was required text for a 400+ level undergrad (Junior/Senior) and graduate course at the University of Maine. I thought the text was very engaging, and adequately and thoroughly covered the major themes in Forest Ecology. This text continues to serve as a reference for me as I used this text for comprehensive examination review and in writing my dissertation. I have not reviewed other Forest Ecology books, however can say that this text is outstanding in the presentation of material and in its readability for those who have an understanding of general ecology.
30 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Not a good book for students of forest ecology 16 Nov. 2000
By Gregory McMahan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is the required text for a class on trees and forests that I am currently taking at UC Davis. It is an imposing text and reads much like a journal of ecology. It is far from a good study aid for undergrads and grad students in forest ecology. However, given its copious literature citations, it could easily serve as a reference text for an advanced undergraduate course or graduate seminar.
The book comes full of graphs, charts and pictures, but much of it is superfluous. Key terms and concepts are not fully explained for initiates, a glossary of terms is non-existent for quick reference, and brief, detailed summaries of each chapter are not provided at the end of each chapter for time-pressed students. The book also contains numerous photographs of forest stands, maps, diagrams, and charts; however, because none of these are in color, they lose much of their visual impact, detail and valuable utility. Furthermore, there are no study questions at the end of each chapter for exam preparation. As such, initiates to forestry or landscape ecology looking for a good introduction to the field are pretty much out of luck.
Although the book has gone through four editions, it is still quite far from being a good textbook. In addition to the above mentioned comments, the writing style needs to be tighter. However, negatives aside, teachers and educators looking for examples of many of the concepts in forest ecology for use in class discussions will find this an invaluable text.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book and great overview of Forest Ecology concepts 22 April 2011
By kolibrik - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book is an excellent overview of various Forest Ecology concepts, great detail on many useful topics. What's especially important is that it is not narrowly centered on forest or silvicultural topics alone. The reader is introduced to essential must-know concepts from closely related ecological fields of basic plant biology and soil science that altogether make the "big picture" of forest ecology complete and placed in the appropriate context. I personally had to use it as a textbook first, and after that it became my long-term reference that I frequently go back to.
Good Beginning Text for College Students 26 Jun. 2012
By Joshua Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you don't know your phenotype from your genotype, have no fear - this text begins with the basics before taking you through beginning and intermediate topics. I found the text engaging and not too dry (for a technical book - if you were looking for strictly entertaining, you probably wouldn't be here, right?).
Must have for all forestry majors 12 Feb. 2013
By Alex S - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This particular reference book does a very good job explaining the fine details involved with forest ecology. I recommend anyone going into the environmental science field look in to buying this.
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