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    Thomas and Packham’s Ecology of Woodlands and Forests is a welcome addition to the current selection of general forest ecology texts. This wide-ranging book provides an account of forest structure worldwide, surveys the evolution of forest communities, discusses important ecological relationships among forest organisms, and describes a range of positive and negative human impacts on forests. The authors accomplish this daunting task by providing examples throughout the narrative of variations in life-history strategies and ecosystem properties, and compare these features across ecosystems and throughout geologic time. This approach serves the book well, particularly in its aim to be an introductory text.

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    Royo, A.A. 2008. P.A. Thomas and J. Packham: Ecology of woodlands and forests: Description, dynamics, and diversity [book review]

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