1. Recognizing margins; 2. Biodiversity in marginal areas; 3. Resource acquisition in marginal habitats; 4. Reproduction at the periphery; 5. Arctic and sub-Arctic treelines and the tundra taiga interface; 6. Plant survival in a warmer Arctic; 7. Land-plants at coastal margins; 8. Survival at the water's edge; 9. Woody plants at the margin; 10. Plants at high altitudes; 11. Man at the margins; 12. Summary and conclusions.
Beautifully illustrated, thoughtful study of the effects of climate change on plants in marginal areas.
R. M. M. Crawford has taught and researched at the University of St Andrews since 1962, pursuing the study of plant responses to the environment in a wide range of habitats in Scotland, Scandinavia, North and South America and the Arctic. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Linnean Society and an associate member of the Belgian Royal Academy.
'The book is very wide-ranging across the globe. Every page is worth reading. ... attractively laden with many colour photographs of plant close-ups and vegetation as well as maps and diagrams. ... The colour photographs are very well-chosen and highly informative. Few scientific texts are so generously enlivened with colour. ... This is a very fine book I wish I could have written myself. I found it to be extremely thorough and highly informative, and so I can recommend it without reservation to conservationists and others needing to understand plant ecology, not least the effects on global warming on plants.' BRISC Recorder News