779 pages, 32 plates with 113 colour photos and illustrations; 86 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 31 b/w maps, 49 tables
Australian Vegetation has been an essential reference for students and researchers in botany, ecology and natural resource management for over twenty years. Now fully updated and with a new team of authors, the third edition presents the latest insights on the patterns and processes that shaped the vegetation of Australia. The first part of Australian Vegetation provides a synthesis of ecological processes that influence vegetation traits throughout the continent, using a new classification of vegetation formations. New chapters examine the influences of climate, soils, fire regimes, herbivores and aboriginal people on vegetation, in addition to completely revised chapters on evolutionary biogeography, quaternary vegetation history and alien plants. The book's second half presents detailed ecological portraits for each major vegetation type and offers data-rich perspectives and comparative analysis presented in tables, graphs, maps and colour illustrations. This authoritative book will inspire readers to learn and explore first-hand the vegetation of Australia.
Reviews of previous editions:
"[...] anyone with an interest in Australia and its vegetation, or in various general questions in ecology raised in seeking to understand processes within it, should use it."
– Annals of Botany
"For all interested in the exceptional vegetation of this continent from the point of view of botanical 'tourism' or because of performing research work in the country, the book presents an excellent updated summary of literature of the relevant topics and a short, comprehensive introduction into the types of vegetation."
– Manfred Kuppers, Journal of Plant Physiology
Foreword Richard A. Groves
1. Girt: a continental synthesis of Australian vegetation David A. Keith and Mark G. Tozer
2. Evolutionary biogeography of the Australian flora in the Cenozoic era Peter H. Weston and Gregory J. Jordan
3. Quaternary vegetation in Australia Scott D. Mooney, Kale Sniderman, A. Peter Kershaw, Simon Haberle and Jessica Roe
4. Aboriginal people and Australia's vegetation: uses and ecological influences Emilie Ens, Fiona Walsh and Philip Clarke
5. Fire and Australian vegetation Ben P. Miller and Brett P. Murphy
6. Direct and indirect effects of herbivore activity on Australian vegetation David J. Eldridge, Samantha K. Travers, Adrian D. Manning and Philip Barton
7. Soils and the below-ground interactions that shape Australian vegetation Mark Brundrett, Pauline F. Grierson, Lauren T. Bennett and Christopher J. Weston
8. Climatic influence over vegetation pattern and process Mark K.J. Ooi, Tony D. Auld, Linda J. Beaumont and Ross A. Bradstock
9. Invasive plants and pathogens in Australia Michelle R. Leishman, Rachael V. Gallagher, Jane A. Catford, Tony Grice, John Morgan, and Samantha Setterfield
10. Plant life cycles above and below ground Tony D Auld and Mark KJ Ooi
11. Rainforests and vine thickets Daniel J. Metcalfe and Peter T. Green
12. Wet sclerophyll forests Grant Wardell-Johnson, John Neldner and Jayne Balmer
13. Biogeography of Australia's dry sclerophyll forests: drought, nutrients and fire Mark G. Tozer, Christopher C. Simpson, Isaac B. Jansens and David A. Keith
14. Heathlands and associated shrublands Byron B. Lamont and David A. Keith
15. Australia's tropical savannas: vast, ancient and rich landscapes Richard J. Williams, Garry D. Cook, Adam C. Liedloff and William J. Bond
16. Brigalow forests and associated eucalypt woodlands of subtropical eastern Australia RodJ. Fensham, Andrew Biggs, Don W. Butler and Harry J. MacDermott
17. Temperate eucalypt woodlands Suzanne M. Prober, Carl R. Gosper, Louise Gilfedder, Tom D. Harwood, Kevin R. Thiele, Kristen J. Williams, and Colin J. Yates
18. Australian tussock grasslands John W. Morgan, Rod J. Fensham, Robert Godfree and Paul W. Foreman
19. Alpine, sub-alpine and sub-Antarctic vegetation of Australia Susanna Venn, Jamie Kirkpatrick, Keith McDougall, Neville Walsh, Jennie Whinam, and Richard Williams
20. Wetland vegetation of inland Australia Jane A. Catford, Jane Roberts, Samantha J. Capon, Ray H. Froend, Saras M. Windecker and Michael M. Douglas
21. Forests and woodlands of Australia's rivers and floodplains Megan Good, Rhiannon Smith and Neil Pettit
22. Coastal halophytic vegetation Kerrylee Rogers, Paul Boon, Catherine Lovelock and Neil Saintilan
23. Mallee Woodlands and Shrublands - the mallee, muruk/muert and maalok vegetation of southern Australia Colin J.Yates, Carl R. Gosper, Stephen D. Hopper, David A. Keith, Suzanne M. Prober and Mark G. Tozer
24. The chenopod shrublands David J. Eldridge, Samantha K. Travers, Agustin F. Facelli, Jose M Facelli and David A. Keith
25. Arid shrublands and open woodlands of inland Australia Catherine Nano, Peter Jobson and Glenda M. Wardle
26. Hummock grasslands - Triodia-dominated grasslands in arid Australia Glenda M. Wardle and Catherine Nano
27. Conservation of Australian vegetation David A. Keith and Tony D. Auld
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David A. Keith is Professor of Botany in the Centre for Ecosystem Science at the University of New South Wales, Australia and he also works at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. He won the Australian Ecology Research Award in 2013 and led the team who were awarded the 2015 Eureka Prize for Environmental Research. He is the author of the award-winning book Ocean Shores to Desert Dunes: The Native Vegetation of New South Wales and the ACT (2004).