Alpine Plant Life – Functional Plant Ecology of High Mountain Ecosystems

Alpine Plant Life 2021 book cover

This book is a completely revised, substantially extended treatment of the physical and biological factors that drive life in high mountains.

The book covers the characteristics of alpine plant life, alpine climate and soils, life under snow, stress tolerance, treeline ecology, plant water, carbon, and nutrient relations, plant growth and productivity, developmental processes, and two largely novel chapters on alpine plant reproduction and global change biology. The book explains why the topography driven exposure of plants to dramatic micro-climatic gradients over very short distances causes alpine biodiversity to be particularly robust against climatic change. Geographically, this book draws on examples from all parts of the world, including the tropics. This book is complemented with novel evidence and insight that emerged over the last 17 years of alpine plant research. The number of figures – mostly in color – nearly doubled, with many photographs providing a vivid impression of alpine plant life worldwide.

Alpine Plant Life Book  –  Functional Plant Ecology of High Mountain Ecosystems
Christian Körner
Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
500 pages, 36 b/w illustrations, 283 illustrations in colour

Christian Körner was born in 1949 in Austria, received his academic education at the University of Innsbruck, and was full professor of Botany at the University of Basel from 1989 to 2014. As emeritus Professor he is continuing alpine plant research in the Swiss Alps.

Christian Körner is a member of the Swiss Plant Science Web, visit his research portfolio Ecosystem function and biodiversity under global change.