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The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America (2nd edn) Frank Gilliam (ed.)


This chapter reviews what is known about the long-term, large-scale range dynamics of forest herbs in response to past climate change. It presents a new biogeographic analysis investigating how contemporary distribution and diversity patterns among a subset of rare forest herbs may relate to these past climate dynamics. It also discusses how forest herb species may be affected by contemporary climate change and considers options for species conservation.


forest dynamics, herb layer, climate change, biogeographic analysis, species conservation

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