Applied Ecology and Natural Resource Management by Guy R. McPherson

By Guy R. McPherson

This quantity bridges the space among ecology and traditional source administration and, specifically, makes a speciality of plant ecology as a beginning for crops and flora and fauna administration. It describes how techniques and ways utilized by ecologists to check groups and ecosystems may be utilized to their administration. man R. McPherson and Stephen DeStefano emphasize the significance of thoughtfully designed and carried out clinical experiences to either the development of ecological wisdom and the appliance of concepts for the administration of plant and animal populations.

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The latter finding is consistent with bur-sage as a nurse plant for many succulent species in the Sonoran desert (McAuliffe 1988). Yeaton et al. subsequently attempted to correlate patterns of above- and below-ground morphology with the seasonal growth patterns of plants. This aspect of the paper was characterized by strongly stated conclusions based on little evidence. Case study: spacing of acorn woodpeckers Campbell (1995) reanalyzed the data of Burgess et al. (1982) on the spacing patterns of acorn woodpeckers (Melanerpes formicivorus).

Sunspots) (Keith 1963). Within the last two decades, observational studies have led researchers to believe that food abundance, nutritional quality of forage plants, and behavior and genetics may play important roles (Sinclair et al. 1982; Keith 1983; Ward and Krebs 1985; Krebs et al. 1995; O’Donoghue et al. 1998). Population ecologists have long been aware of a phenomenon termed the “10-year cycle” (Keith 1963). The 10-year cycle involves periodic and dramatic fluctuations in populations of snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus) in the boreal forest of North America.

In addition, the participants in an interaction may change roles over time, so that the interaction changes from one category to another. For example, bur-sage (Ambrosia deltoidea) initially acts as a “nurse plant” for several species in the Sonoran Desert (McAuliffe 1988). However, this initially commensalistic interaction may become competitive and eventually amensalistic as the plants established in the shade of bursage grow through the canopy of the nurse plant and eventually overtop it. 2).

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