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The result of a lifetime in the field and in the classroom, Chance and Change challenges many of the tenets of establishment ecology. Charging that most of the environmental movement has ignored or rejected the changes in thinking that have infiltrated ecological theory since the mid 70s, William Drury presents a convincing case that disorder is what makes the natural world work, and that clinging to romantic notions of nature's grand design only saps the strength of the conservation movement. Drury's training in botany, geology, and zoology as well as his life-long devotion to work in the field gave him a depth and range of knowledge that few ecologists possess. This book opens our eyes to a new way of looking at the environment and forces us to think more deeply about nature and our role in it.

Chance and Change is intended for the serious amateur naturalist or professional conservationist. Drury argues that chance and change are the rule, that the future is as unpredictable to other organisms as it is to us, and that natural disturbance is too frequent for equilibrium models to be useful. He stresses the centrality of natural selection in explaining the meaning of biology and insists the book and the laboratory must be checked at all times against the real world. Written in an easy, personal style, Drury's narrative comes alive with the landscape—the salt marshes, dunes, seashores, and forests—that he believed served as the best classroom. His novel approach of correlating landscape evolution with ecological principles offers a welcome corrective to discordance between what we observe in nature and what theory tells us we should see.

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"This is a common-sensical critique of almost all ecological theory. . . . If this were to be carefully read and widely distributed it would be of major importance—if only in arousing the ire of the more pompous conservationist qua shamanist establishment."—Lawrence B. Slobodkin, University of New York at Stony Brook

About the Author

William Holland Drury Jr. (1921-1992) was Professor of Biology at the College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine. John G.T. Anderson is Professor of Biology at the College of the Atlantic.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520211551
Editor:
Anderson, John G. T.
Author:
Drury, William Holland
Author:
Mayr, Ernst
Author:
Drury, W. H.
Author:
Drury Jr, William Holland
Author:
Anderson, John G. T.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley, Calif. :
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Natural selection
Subject:
Evolution (Biology)
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
GTR-389
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 b/w photographs, 24 line drawings
Pages:
209
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.88 in 1.03 lb

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