This thoroughly revised, entirely rewritten edition of what is the essential reference on California’s diverse and ever-changing vegetation now brings readers the most authoritative, state-of-the-art view of California’s plant ecosystems available. Integrating decades of research, leading community ecologists and field botanists describe and classify California’s vegetation types, identify environmental factors that determine the distribution of vegetation types, analyze the role of disturbance regimes in vegetation dynamics, chronicle change due to human activities, identify conservation issues, describe restoration strategies, and prioritize directions for new research. Several new chapters address statewide issues such as the historic appearance and impact of introduced and invasive plants, the soils of California, and more.
Michael Barbour is Professor of Plant Ecology at the University of California, Davis. Todd Keeler- Wolf is Senior Vegetation Ecologist, Biogeographic Data Branch, California Department of Fish and Game. Allan A. Schoenherr is Professor Emeritus at Fullerton College.
“A landmark publication.”—Fremontia
“Thoroughly updated. . . . An excellent resource. . . . Destined to be a classic.”—Choice
“Offers the most current exploration of the region's phytogeography and prehistoric climate. Intended for researchers and conservationists, this is recommended for North American botanical and ecological collections.”—Library Journal
"This completely new edition of Terrestrial Vegetation of California
clearly documents the extraordinary complexity and richness of the plant communities and of the state and the forces that shape them. This volume is a storehouse of information of value to anyone concerned with meeting the challenge of understanding, managing or conserving these unique plant communities under the growing threats of climate change, biological invasions and development."—Harold Mooney, Professor of Environmental Biology, Stanford University
"The plants of California are under threat like never before. Traditional pressures of development and invasive species have been joined by a newly-recognized threat: human-caused climate change. It is essential that we thoroughly understand current plant community dynamics in order to have a hope of conserving them. This book represents an important, well-timed advance in knowledge of the vegetation of this diverse state and is an essential resource for professionals, students, and the general public alike."—Brent Mishler, Director of the University & Jepson Herbaria and Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley