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Observation and Ecology: Broadening the Scope of Science to Understand a Complex World

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The need to understand and address large-scale environmental problems that are difficult to study in controlled environmentsand#8212;issues ranging from climate change to overfishing to invasive speciesand#8212;is driving the field of ecology in new and important directions. Observation and Ecology documents that transformation, exploring how scientists and researchers are expanding their methodological toolbox to incorporate an array of new and reexamined observational approachesand#8212;from traditional ecological knowledge to animal-borne sensors to genomic and remote-sensing technologiesand#8212;to track, study, and understand current environmental problems and their implications.

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The authors paint a clear picture of what observational approaches to ecology are and where they fit in the context of ecological science. They consider the full range of observational abilities we have available to us and explore the challenges and practical difficulties of using a primarily observational approach to achieve scientific understanding. They also show how observations can be a bridge from ecological science to education, environmental policy, and resource management.and#160;

Observations in ecology can play a key role in understanding our changing planet and the consequences of human activities on ecological processes. This book will serve as an important resource for future scientists and conservation leaders who are seeking a more holistic and applicable approach to ecological science.

About the Author

Rafe Sagarin is an assistant research scientist, marine ecologist, and environmental policy analyst, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona. Anand#237;bal Pauchard is Associate Professor of Plant Ecology and Invasion Biology in the Faculty of Forest Sciences, University of Concepciand#243;n, Chile.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction

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PART I. The Role of Observation in Ecological Science

Chapter 1. An Observational Approach to Ecology

Chapter 2. Observational Approaches in Historical Context

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PART II. Using Observations in Ecology

Chapter 3. Using All the Senses in Ecology

Chapter 4. Using Technology to Expand Our Observational Senses

Chapter 5. Local, Traditional, and Accidental Ecological Observers and Observations

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PART III. The Challenges Posed by an observational approach

Chapter 6. Dealing with Too Many Observations, and Too Few

Chapter 7. Is Observation-Based Ecology Scientific?

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PART IV. Beyond Academia: The Power of Observational approaches

Chapter 8. Ecology's Renewed Importance in Policy

Chapter 9. Opening Nature's Door to a New Generation of Citizens and Ecologists

Conclusions

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References

About the Authors

About the Contributors

Index

Product Details

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9781597268264
Subtitle:
Broadening the Scope of Science to Understand a Complex World
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Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
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Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20120716
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 illustrations
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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