A Geostatistical and Bioclimatological Comparison of the Central Great Caucasus and the Central Alps.- Vegetation of the Central Great Caucasus Along W-E and N-S Transects.- Plant Diversity of the Central Great Caucasus.- Quantitative Analysis of the Phytosociological Releves From the Central Greater Caucasus.- A Comparison of Climatic Niches of the Same Alpine Plant Species in the Central Caucasus and the Alps.- New Indicator Values for Central Caucasus Flora.
Christian Koerner is Professor emeritus from the University of
Basel, Switzerland, and got his academic training in Innsbruck,
Austria. His involvement in this book arises from his expertise in
alpine plant life and alpine treeline research with an emphasis on
global comparisons, on which he published two Springer books.
Koerner is a member of several academies of science and a foreign
honorary member of the Ecological Society of America. He founded
and chaired the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment for 15
years. He published more than 300 scientific articles and is one of
the most highly cited authors in plant ecology. His many visits to
the Caucasus date back to 1979, in 2014 he was awarded a Dr. h.c.
from Ilia University, Tbilisi, Georgia.George Nakhutsrishvili is an
Emeritus Professor at Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia, as
well as the Head of Department of Plant Systematics and Geography
at Tbilisi Institute of Botany. He is a member of the Georgian and
Austrian Academies of Sciences. He also serves as the Focal Point
of the Caucasus Plant Red List Authority, IUCN. He has previously
worked as the Director of Tbilisi Institute of Botany for 25 years.
His research interest is primarily in studies of alpine plant
diversity and ecology, phytosociology, and plant Red Listing.He has
published more than 200 papers and completed work on 12 books.Otar
Abdaladze is a Professor of Ecology at Ilia State University,
Tbilisi, Georgia. He also serves as the director of Alpine
Ecosystems Research Program in the Institute of Ecology of this
university. He has previously worked as Deputy Director and Head of
the Department of Ecology of Alpine Plant Vegetation of Tbilisi
Institute of Botany. His research interest is primarily in plant
functional ecology and diversity.
He has published about 70 papers and four books. He serves as a member of the editorial board of the scientific journal Applied Ecology and Environmental Research.
Ketevan Batsatsashhvili is an Associate Professor of Botany at Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. She also serves as the Programme Officer of the Caucasus Plant Red List Authority, IUCN. She has previously worked as a Researcher at Tbilisi Institute of Botany and Ivane Javakhishvili State University of Tbilisi. Her research interest is primarily in studies of plant and lichen diversity and Red Listing, ethnobotany and ethnolichenology.
She has published about 25 papers and completed work on chapters of two books.
Eva Spehn is coordinating the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA), a core project of Future Earth in Switzerland, since its start in 2000. She received her PhD in plant ecology at the University of Basel with Prof. Koerner. Several joint GMBA research projects with the co-editors got her involved in this book, on mountain biodiversity in the Caucasus, on georeferenced biodiversity databases, and on effects of land use change on alpine biodiversity and ecosystem functions in the Caucasus. She has published 30 scientific articles and edited 3 books and several special journal issues on Mountain Biodiversity.