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Ecology and Ecosystem Conservation

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Meeting today's environmental challenges requires a new way of thinking about the intricate dependencies between humans and nature. Ecology and Ecosystem Conservation provides students and other readers with a basic understanding of the fundamental principles of ecological science and their applications, offering an essential overview of the way ecology can be used to devise strategies to conserve the health and functioning of ecosystems. The book begins by exploring the need for ecological science in understanding current environmental issues and briefly discussing what ecology is and isn't. Subsequent chapters address critical issues in conservation and show how ecological science can be applied to them. The book explores questions such as:
  • What is the role of ecological science in decision making?
  • What factors govern the assembly of ecosystems and determine their response to various stressors?
  • How does Earth's climate system function and determine the distribution of life on Earth?
  • What factors control the size of populations?
  • How does fragmentation of the landscape affect the persistence of species on the landscape?
  • How does biological diversity influence ecosystem processes?
The book closes with a final chapter that addresses the need not only to understand ecological science, but to put that science into an ecosystem conservation ethics perspective.

Book News Annotation:

Writing for an audience that includes undergraduate environmental studies majors and environmental conservation professionals, Schmitz (Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies) offers a text that aims to describe the links between biodiversity and the structure and functioning of ecosystems. The major research issues he addresses include the role of ecological science in decision making, the factors that govern the assembly of ecosystems and determine their response to various stressors, the functioning of the earth's climate system and its role in the determination of the distribution of life on earth, population size control factors, the population level consequences of species' life-history adaptation, the role of the fragmentation of the landscape in the persistence of species on the landscape, the role of biological diversity in ecosystem processes, and the ecological principles that need to be considered in the design of strategies intended to protect biological diversity. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Ecology and Ecosystem Conservation provides students and other readers with a basic understanding of the fundamental principles of ecological science and their applications, offering an essential overview of the way ecology can be used to devise strategies to conserve the health and functioning of ecosystems.

About the Author

Oswald J. Schmitz is a professor in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His research examines how the nature and strength of species interactions in ecosystems determine patterns in biodiversity and ecosystem function.

Table of Contents

Preface

 

Chapter 1. Ecosystem Conservation: The Need for Ecological Science

 

Chapter 2. The Science of Ecology

-What is Ecology?

-Resolving Ecological Complexity 

-Life as a Game 

-Ecological Science: Gaining Reliable Knowledge about Ecosystems

 

Chapter 3. Climate-Template for Global Biodiversity

-The Physics Underlying Life on Earth

-Ecosystem Types

-Coping With with Climate 

-Climate-Space 

-Effects of Global Climate Change 

 

Chapter 4. Ecological Limits and the Size of Populations

-Simple Population Growth 

-Ecological Balance and Carrying Capacity

-Competitors and Predators

-Weather

-Carrying Capacity and Population Overabundance

 

Chapter 5. Viability of Threatened Species

-Life-Cycles and Population Dynamics

-Modeling Age-Structured Population Dynamics 

-Viability of Loggerhead Sea Turtles

 

Chapter 6. Biodiversity and Habitat Fragmentation

-Diversity Indices

-Habitat Fragmentation and the Species-Area Relationship

-Habitat Fragmentation and Population and Community Processes

 

Chapter 7. The Web of Life: Connections in Space and Time 

-Ecosystems in Time 

-Ecosystems in Space: Linkages Across Geographic Boundaries

 

Chapter 8. Ecosystem Services of Biodiversity 

-Diversity Begets Ecosystem Stability 

-Diversity-Productivity Relations 

-Crop Pollination 

-Pest Control 

-Invasion Resistance

 

Chapter 9. Protecting Biological Diversity and Ecosystem Function

-Conservation Tools 

-Dynamic Landscapes 

-Global Climate Change and Reshuffling of Faunas 

 

Chapter 10. The Good of a Species: Toward a Science-Based

-Ecosystem Conservation Ethic 

-Tinkering with Economies 

-Ecological Science, Uncertainty, and Precaution 

-Policy and Management as a Scientific Enterprise

-Questions for Discussion 

 

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781597260497
Author:
Schmitz, Oswald J.
Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biological Diversity
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Biodiversity conservation
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Foundations of Contemporary Environmental Studies Series
Publication Date:
March 2007
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
8.75 x 5.5 in

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