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No. 241 February 19, 2000
aceska at victoria.tc.ca Victoria, B.C.
Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2
BRYOLOGICAL THESES COLLECTED IN THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN
From: William R. Buck <bbuck at nybg.org> originally posted on
BRYONET-L <bryonet-l at mtu.edu>
As reported in the last issue of The Bryological Times, the
International Association of Bryologists has decided to begin a
compilation of bryological theses from around the world. Many of
these theses offer valuable information, but are never offi-
cially published. It has been decided that The New York Botani-
cal Garden Library will act as a repository for the theses since
its complete catalog is online at
and it offers interlibrary loan service for those wishing to
borrow the theses. Each thesis received will be abstracted in a
regular column in The Bryological Times, with the first column
appearing in the centennial issue of the newsletter. Addition-
ally, basic bibliographic data as well as information on how to
contact the author is included. Theses for any degree, in any
language, on any aspect of bryology are included. Both students
and their advisors are encouraged to send a single bound copy of
each bryological thesis for inclusion.
For those students for which sending a copy of their thesis
would be a financial hardship, IAB offers small grants to cover
the reproduction and binding costs. Requests for financial
assistance should be sent to Dr. Dale Vitt (e-mail address:
dale.vitt at ualberta.ca), Secretary-Treasurer of IAB. Requests
should include title of thesis, degree for which thesis was
written, number of pages, language of thesis, and the amount of
money needed to produce a single copy.
Theses should be sent to Bill Buck at the address below. Thank
you for your cooperation. Copies of older theses, especially
those never published, are also welcome, not just recent ones.
William R. Buck
Institute of Systematic Botany
New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY 10458-5126, U.S.A.
bbuck at nybg.org
NEW BOOK: SAVANNAS, BARRENS AND ROCK OUTCROPS IN NORTH AMERICA
From: Toby Spribille <tspribille at fs.fed.us>
Anderson, R.C., J.S. Fralish, & J.M. Baskin. (eds.) 1999. Savan-
nas, barrens and rock outcrop plant communities of North
America. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ix + 470 p.
ISBN 0-521-57322-X [hardcover] Price: US$110.00
Cambridge University Press, North American Branch
40 West 20th Street, New York NY 10011-4211 USA
Tel.: 212-924-3900, Fax: 212-691-3239
Email: information at cup.org - web site: http://www.cup.org/
This book is a compendium of twenty-six papers describing the
physical characteristics, flora and vegetation of savannas,
barrens and rock outcrops across North America. The scope of
habitats included is very broad, ranging from Florida scrublands
on dry sandy ridges to serpentine habitats, oak savanna, alvars,
lower boreal aspen parkland and subalpine lichen woodland. The
contributions are organized into four regional sections:
eastern/southeastern, central/midwestern, western/southwestern
The individual contributions provide thorough overviews of the
habitats in question, with descriptions of the physical set-
tings, historical attributes of the habitats (such as presettle-
ment vegetation and fire regimes), the flora and the vegetation.
The topic of endemism in these habitats is a common thread
throughout the entire volume, as the communities in question
tend to stand out for their concentrations of endemic vascular
plant species. In addition, important causal relationships are
discussed in connection with their causal relationships with the
vegetation. Vegetation descriptions offer cursory overviews, and
the plant composition tables are abbreviated.
The only contribution from the Pacific Northwest is a concise
discussion by Dr. Kruckeberg of serpentine barrens from Califor-
nia to British Columbia, in which he summarizes what is known
about these habitats, drawing from his own vast work over the
past fifty years on Pacific serpentine barrens. He discusses the
tendency of endemism on serpentine, listing known endemic
species in our region and the probable causes of endemism.
Unfortunately, the book contains no summary of other Pacific
Northwest barren and savanna vegetation types, such as the Garry
oak (Quercus garryana) meadow ecosystems and the species-rich
"bedrock meadow" vegetation in the interior, with its abundance
of endemic Lomatium species. However, this may in part at-
tributable to the fact that, at least in the latter case, there
is not much research to summarize at this time.
The volume is a first of its kind in North America, with an
evidently comprehensive summary of the present state of
knowledge on these as yet comparatively poorly-known plant
communities. The bibliogaphies provided with the various con-
tributions will be a valuable resource to future students of
these habitats. The book is a must for anyone working working on
bedrock or savanna plant communities and is a significant new
contribution to the repertoire of North American vegetation
A list of the contributions and further discussion can be found
at the Cambridge University Press website, http://www.cup.org or
http://www.cup.cam.ac.uk - click on catalogue and query for
From: Jan Leps <suspa at entu.cas.cz>
We are pleased to announce the launching of a new peer-reviewed
to be published starting in 2000, following the merger of two
well-established ecological periodicals, Coenoses and Abstracta
The journal is being launched in an effort to create a common
global forum for community ecologists. The scope of the journal
includes, but is not restricted to, the following subject areas:
o Community-based ecological theory.
o Modelling of ecological communities.
o Community-based ecophysiology.
o Temporal dynamics, including succession.
o Trophic interactions, including food webs and competition.
o Spatial pattern analysis, including scaling issues.
o Community patterns of species richness and diversity.
o Sampling ecological communities.
o Data analysis methods, including multivariate analysis and
Experimentally-based field studies of plant, animal and/or
microbial communities, in terrestrial, marine or freshwater
systems, are welcome.
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