Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Fall 1998


Published in Great Plains Research Vol. 8 No. 2, 1998. Copyright ©1998 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Used by permission.


The Desert Grassland examines the complexities of an extremely diverse community. Although focusing specifically on desert grassland systems, it offers an excellent overview of the structure and function of grassland ecosystems on the whole, making it a resource for academicians, land managers, and laypersons in more mesic environments. The volume also functions well as a guide for inquisitive tourists.

Nine chapters grouped under four sections make up the book's organization. Section One (chapters 1 and 2) functions primarily as an introduction to desert grasslands. Their formative history is the focus of Section Two (chapters 3, 4, and 5). Section Three (chapters 6 and 7) presents a survey of animal community structure, while Section Four (chapters 8 and 9) reviews human impacts and the restoration of desert grasslands.