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Serpentine: The Evolution and Ecology of a Model System

Susan Harrison

Abstract

Serpentine soils have long fascinated biologists for the specialized floras they support and the challenges they pose to plant survival and growth. This book focuses on what scientists have learned about major questions in earth history, evolution, ecology, conservation, and restoration from the study of serpentine areas, especially in California. Results from molecular studies offer insight into evolutionary patterns, while new ecological research examines both species and communities. The book highlights research whose breadth provides context and fresh insights into the evolution and ecolog ... More

Keywords: serpentine soil, California, molecular studies, evolutionary patterns, earth history, ecology, conservation, restoration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520268357
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520268357.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Harrison, editor

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PART ONE Serpentine as a Model in Earth History and Evolution

2 Microbes in Extreme Environments

Dawn Cardace, and Tori M. Hoehler

4 Plant Speciation

Kathleen M. Kay, Kimiora L. Ward, Lorna R. Watt, and Douglas W. Schemske

5 Intraspecific Variation, Adaptation, and Evolution

Ryan E. O’Dell, and Nishanta Rajakaruna

6 Genomic Approaches to Understanding Adaptation

Eric J. von Wettberg, and Jessica Wright

7 Local Adaptation in Heterogeneous Landscapes

Jessica W. Wright, and Maureen L. Stanton

9 Invasions and the Evolution of Range Limits

Diane M. Thomson, Brooke S. Baythavong, and Kevin J. Rice

PART TWO Serpentine as a Model in Ecology and Conservation

11 Community Invasibility

Kendi F. Davies

14 Spatial Ecology

Susan Harrison

15 Systematic Conservation Planning

James H. Thorne, Patrick R. Huber, and Susan Harrison

17 Climate Change and Plant Communities on Unusual Soils

Ellen I. Damschen, Susan Harrison, Barbara M. Going, and Brian L. Anacker

18 Restoration and Revegetation of Harsh Soils

Ryan E. O’Dell, and Victor P. Claassen

part three Synthesis