About the Editor
Robert S. Hill is is currently the Executive Dean, Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide. He is a graduate of the University of Adelaide. He completed his Ph.D. on Tertiary plant macrofossils in 1981, and his D.Sc. on the interaction between climate change and the evolution of the living Australian vegetation in 1997. He has held positions at James Cook University, the University of Tasmania and the University of Adelaide. During his career he has won many awards including the Clarke and Burbidge Medals for his research into the impact of long-term climate change on the evolution of Australian vegetation. He is currently Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of Botany.
History of the Australian Vegetation
Cretaceous to Recent
edited by Robert S. Hill
$66.00 | 2017 | Paperback | 978-1-925261-46-2 | 443 pp
FREE | 2017 | Ebook (PDF) | 978-1-925261-47-9 | 443 pp
The Australian vegetation is the end result of a remarkable history of climate change, latitudinal change, continental isolation, soil evolution, interaction with an evolving fauna, fire and most recently human impact. This book presents a detailed synopsis of the critical events that led to the evolution of the unique Australian flora and the wide variety of vegetational types contained within it. The first part of the book details the past continental relationships of Australia, its palaeoclimate, fauna and the evolution of its landforms since the rise to dominance of the angiosperms at the beginning of the Cretaceous period. A detailed summary of the palaeobotanical record is then presented. The palynological record gives an overview of the vegetation and the distribution of important taxa within it, while the complementary macrofossil record is used to trace the evolution of critical taxa.
This book will interest graduate students and researchers interested in the evolution of the flora of this fascinating continent.
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