NEW BOOK: 2012

Fire in Mediterranean Ecosystems
Ecology, Evolution and Mangement

Authors:  J.E. KeeleyW.J. BondR.A. BradstockJ.G. PausasP.W. Rundel
Cambridge University Press, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-521-82491-0 (hardback)
515 pages, 145 illus., 7 maps, 24 tables.

Fire Ecology book cover

Analysing fire in widely separate but ecologically convergent ecosystems provides lessons for understanding fire regime diversity and its role in the assembly and evolutionary convergence of ecosystems. It stands as a challenge to ecologists, biogeographers and paleoecologists who have long held the view that they can understand the world through climate and soils alone. This in depth review of fire in each of the five widely disjunct Mediterranean-type climate ecosystems of the world aims to change our view of the evolution of fire-adapted traits and the role of fire in shaping the Earth. There are contributing factors that extend far beyond this climatic regime. The complexity of the fire process in these landscapes brings to light the importance of considering all global changes in understanding and predicting future fire regimes. Provides many new insights into fire management and the requirements for regionally tailored approaches to fire management across the globe.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction

Introduction [pdf]
 1. Mediterranean-type Climate (MTC) Ecosystems and Fire
 2. Fire and the Fire Regime Framework
 3. Fire Related Plant Traits

Part II. Regional patterns

Introduction [pdf]
 4. Fire in the Mediterranean Basin
 5. Fire in California
 6. Fire in Chile
 7. Fire in South Africa
 8. Fire in Southern Australia

Part III. Comparative Ecology, Evolution and Management

Introduction [pdf]
 9. Fire Adaptive Trait Evolution
10. Fire and the Origins of Mediterranean-type Vegetation
11. Plant Diversity and Fire
12. Alien Species and Fire
13. Fire Management of Mediterranean Landscapes
14. Climate, Fire and Geology in the Convergence of Mediterranean-type Climate Ecosystems

References [pdf]


Some related papers from the same authors:

  • Pausas J.G. & Keeley J.E., 2014. Evolutionary ecology of resprouting and seeding in fire-prone ecosystems. New Phytologist 204: 55-65. [doi | wiley | pdf]
  • Pausas J.G. & Keeley J.E., 2014. Abrupt climate-independent fire regime changes. Ecosystems 17: 1109-1120. [doi | pdf | USGS brief]
  • Keeley J.E., Pausas J.G., Rundel P.W., Bond W.J., Bradstock R.A. 2011. Fire as an evolutionary pressure shaping plant traits. Trends Plant Sci. 16(8): 406-411. [doi | pdf]
  • Pausas J.G. & Keeley J.E. 2009. A burning story: The role of fire in the history of life. BioScience 59: 593-601 [doi | pdf]
  • Pausas J.G. & Bradstock R.A. 2007. Fire persistence traits of plants along a productivity and disturbance gradient in Mediterranean shrublands of SE Australia. Global Ecology & Biogeography 16: 330-340. [doi | pdf]
  • Keeley J.E. & Rundel P.W. 2005. Fire and the Miocene expansion of C4 grasslands. Ecol. Lett. 8: 1-8. [pdf]
  • Bond W.J. & Keeley J.E. 2005. Fire as a global 'herbivore': the ecology and evolution of flammable ecosystems. Trends Ecol. Evol. 20: 387-394. [pdf]

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