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California Grasslands: Ecology and Management

Mark Stromberg

Abstract

Grasslands are one of California's most important ecosystems in terms of both biodiversity and economic value. Bringing together the large amount of research conducted in recent years on California's grasslands, this comprehensive, state-of-the-art sourcebook addresses the pressing need to understand this unique habitat. Providing a summary of current grassland science and management, scholars examine the history of grasslands from the Pleistocene through European settlement; describe resources that influence grassland structure and productivity, focusing on water, nutrient dynamics, global en ... More

Keywords: grasslands, California, biodiversity, economic value, Pleistocene era, European settlement, water, nutrient dynamics, environmental change, soil biology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520252202
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520252202.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Stromberg, editor

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One Introduction

Jeffrey D. Corbin, Carla M. D’antonio, Andrew R. Dyer, and Mark R. Stromberg

Overview

Two Systematics of California Grasses (Poaceae)

Paul M. Peterson, and Robert J. Soreng

Three Community Classification and Nomenclature

Todd Keeler-wolf, Julie M. Evens, Ayzik I. Solomeshch, V. L. Holland, and Michael G. Barbour

History

Four Pleistocene and Pre-European Grassland Ecosystems

Mark R. Stromberg, Jeffrey D. Corbin, and Carla M. D’antonio

Six Ecology of Invasive Non-native Species in California Grassland

Carla M. D’antonio, Carolyn Malmstrom, Sally A. Reynolds, and John Gerlach

Resources

Seven Water Relations

Kimberly J. Reever morghan, Jeffrey D. Corbin, and John Gerlach

Eight Mechanisms Determining Patterns of Nutrient Dynamics

Valerie T. Eviner, and Mary K. Firestone

Nine Soil Biology and Carbon Sequestration in Grasslands

Louise E. Jackson, Martin Potthoff, Kerri L. Steenwerth, Anthony T. O’geen, Mark R. Stromberg, and Kate M. Scow

Ten Resource Limitation

W. stanley Harpole, Leah Goldstein, and Rebecca J. Aicher

Ecological Interactions

Eleven Genes on the Range

Kevin J. Rice, and Erin K. Espeland

Twelve Serpentine Grasslands

Susan P. Harrison, and Joshua H. Viers

Thirteen Competitive Interactions

Jeffrey D. Corbin, Andrew R. Dyer, and Eric W. Seabloom

Fourteen Dynamics of Woody Species in the California Grassland

Claudia M. Tyler, Dennis C. Odion, and Ragan M. Callaway

Seventeen Grazing Ecology of California Grasslands

Randall D. Jackson, and James W. Bartolome

Nineteen Responses to Changing Atmosphere and Climate

Jeffrey S. Dukes, and M. rebecca Shaw

Policy and Management

Twenty Grazing Management on California’s Mediterranean Grasslands

Lynn Huntsinger, James W. Bartolome, and Carla M. D’antonio

Twenty One California Grassland Restoration

Mark R. Stromberg, Carla M. D’antonio, Truman P. Young, Jeanne Wirka, and Paul R. Kephart

Twenty Two Exotic Plant Management in California Annual Grasslands

Joseph M. Ditomaso, Stephen F. Enloe, and Michael J. Pitcairn

Twenty Three Regulatory Protection and Conservation

Patrick A. Jantz, Bernhard f. L. Preusser, Jesse K. Fujikawa, Joseph A. Kuhn, Christopher J. Bersbach, Jonathan L. Gelbard, and Frank W. Davis

Twenty Four Epilogue

Mark R. Stromberg, Carla M. D’antonio, and Jeffrey D. Corbin

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