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Teaching: Your Personal Library in Plant Ecology


Video Lectures in Ecology

Library in Plant Ecology

Canon for Plant Ecology

Readings for Ecology: Introductory Sources

The Art of Mediocrity

The Ottawa Valley: Lanark County as a micrcosm

Ottawa Valley Readings

Louisiana Readings 

Plants, Atmosphere and Climate



This recommended list of books could be considered the foundation for a young professional's library on plant ecology.  If your budget is tight, don't forget the many used bargains on line, through sites such as

  • For more on the selection of these books, read my paper here.
  • For my own book on plant ecology, go here.
  • For ecology sources as a whole, go here.
  • Aber, J.D. and J. M. Melillo. 1991. Terrestrial Ecosystems. Saunders, Philadelphia.

  • Archibold, O.W. 1995. Ecology of World Vegetation. Chapman and Hall, London.

  • Chapman, S.B. 1976. Methods in Plant Ecology. Blackwell Scientific Publications, London.

  • Delcourt, H. R. and P.A. Delcourt. 1991. Quaternary Ecology: A Paleoecological Perspective. Chapman and Hall, London.

  • Grime, P. 1979. Plant Strategies and Vegetation Processes. Wiley and Sons, Chichester.

  • Harper, J.L. 1977. The Population Biology of Plants. Academic Press, London.

  • Keddy, P.A. 2001. Competition (2nd ed.). Kluwer, Dordrecht.

  • Larcher, W. 1995. Physiological Plant Ecology. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.

  • Leck, M.A., V.T. Parker and R.L. Simpson (eds). Ecology of Soil Seed Banks. Academic Press, San Diego.

  • Leith, H. and R.H. Whittaker (eds.). Primary Productivity of the Biosphere. Springer-Verlag, New York.

  • May, R.M. 1976. Theoretical Ecology. Principles and Applications. Blackwell, London.

  • Mueller-Dombois, D. and H. Ellenberg. 1974. Aims and Methods of Vegetation Ecology. Wiley and Sons, New York.

  • Pickett, S.T.A. and P.S. White. 1985. The Ecology of Natural Disturbance and Patch Dynamics. Academic Press, Orlando.

  • Raven, P.H., R.F. Evert and S.E. Eichorn. 1992. Biology of Plants (5th ed.). Worth Publishers, New York.

  • Stewart, W. N. and G. R. Rothwell. 1993. Paleobotany and the Evolution of Plants (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

  • Whittaker, R.H. 1975. Communities and Ecosystems. MacMillan, New York.

  • Two technical floras, one local and the other regional, for the area in which you live.

  • Two history books, one geological and the other human, for the area in which you live.