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In 13 essays, illustrated with eight pages of color graphs and printouts along with many other figures, David Mladenoff and William Baker bring together a complex and diverse collection of views on forests undergoing change. The editors open with an orientation in their introductory paper to conceptual models in forest landscape ecology, providing a good context for the 11 jewels that follow. From Caspersen's analysis of the Great Mountain Forest in Connecticut to Urban's meta-models to Finey's descriptions of landscape fire patterns, these essays provide imaginative insight into difficult and immense ecological problems. Appropriately, the editors conclude the book with an essay on future prospects for this sort of modeling; if these papers are any indication, these models will increasingly be valuable in deciphering changes in forests over time and space.
— Edward J. Valauskas, Manager, Library and Plant Information, School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.