Woodlands: A Disappearing Landscape

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Australia's little known woodlands once covered huge areas of the eastern side of our continent. Woodlands are distinguished from forests by the fact that their canopies do not touch, tree heights are usually lower and they usually have a grassy understorey. They support a fascinating and diverse array of birds, mammals, reptiles, frogs, invertebrates and plants, and have been under massive pressure from grazing and agriculture over the past 200 years. In many cases only small remnant patches of some types of woodland survive. Understanding and appreciating woodlands is an important way forward for promoting their sustainable management and conservation.

Woodlands: A Disappearing Landscape explains with lucid text and spectacular photographs the role that woodlands play in supporting a range of native plants and animals that has existed there for millions of years.

The book is set out as a series of logically linked chapters working from the woodland canopy (the tree crowns), through the understorey, the ground layers, and to the lowest lying parts of landscape - wetlands, creeks and dams. Each chapter illustrates many key topics in woodland biology with text and images, explaining important aspects of woodland ecology as well as woodland management and conservation.


* top-quality images by one of Australia's finest natural history photographers
* text by Eureka prize winner, David Lindenmayer
* complements much that has been written about Australia's tall forests

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About the author (2005)

David Lindenmayer is a Research Professor at The Australian National University. He has worked on forests, wildlife and fire projects for more than 30 years, and published more than 960 scientific articles and 38 books on these and other topics. He is widely regarded as one of the world's leading ecologists and conservation scientists. He has received numerous awards and is a member of the Australian Academy of Science, an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and an Officer of the Order of Australia.

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Esther Beaton is one of Australia's leading wildlife and natural landscape photographers. She has won numerous awards for her outstanding images.

Damian Michael is a Senior Research Officer in Ecology at The Australian National University. He has broad interests in landscape ecology, biodiversity conservation and herpetology and is responsible for managing a number of large-scale, long-term biodiversity monitoring and ecological research projects in NSW. He has published over 40 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored two books.

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