The California Deserts: An Ecological Rediscovery


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University of California Press
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7.08 X 9.84 X 1.26 inches | 3.04 pounds

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About the Author

Bruce M. Pavlik, Professor of Biology at Mills College, is coauthor of Oaks of California and California's Changing Landscapes: The Diversity and Conservation of California Vegetation.


"A wonderful resource for any naturalist, educator, or person that is eager to learn more about the diversity of the unique desert ecosystems of California."--Keri McNew"Botanical Rsrch Inst. Of Txs (Jbrit)" (09/11/2009)
"Through the eloquent and skillful interweaving of cultural, scientific, and natural history themes, Pavlik and University of California Press have set a new standard for books on the ecology of natural bioregions."--Conservation Biology (08/01/2009)
"Delightful book . . . . The California Deserts reads like a novel, unraveling mystery after mystery of these arid lands. . . . This is a 'must read' for any naturalist interested in California deserts, and it will likely set a new standard in what we should look for in 'field guides.'"-- (09/11/2009)
"Approachable and beautifully illustrated text that clearly lays out the complexities of the desert ecosystems of California and the problems that they face."--Ecological Restoration (09/11/2009)
"Pavlik takes the reader on an ecological exploration of the arid regions of the Golden State. . . . Excellent."-- (07/14/2010)
"What a desert book should be like, written in such fashion that even if you have no interest in deserts whatsoever, you will still enjoy reading the book. Most desert writing is turgid. This book is not."-- (09/11/2009)