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History and Background, Baggage and Direction

Thomas J. Stohlgren

in Measuring Plant Diversity

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195172331
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790395 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172331.003.0002
 History and Background, Baggage and Direction

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This chapter provides a very brief history of plant ecology, and historical figures in the field, focusing on how previous ecologists have influenced the ways ecologists typically measure plant diversity today. It draws additional attention to the authors of two textbooks, Rexford Daubenmire, and Dieter Mueller-Dombois and Heinz Ellenberg, because they seem to reflect best the development of many current plant diversity field methods. Lastly, the chapter discusses the general direction provided by past plant ecologists, and the “baggage” of older ideas — how inertia developed and persists in modern plant ecology regarding measuring plant diversity.

Keywords: sampling plant diversity; plant communities; species-environmental relationships; individualistic theory; Clements; Gleason; Rexford Daubenmire; Dieter Mueller-Dombois; Heinz Ellenberg

Chapter.  12800 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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