Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science, Second Edition provides a comprehensive introduction to modern ecosystem science covering land, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Ecosystem science is now applied to address a wide range of environmental problems. Written by a group of experts, this updated edition covers major concepts of ecosystem science, biogeochemistry, and energetics. Case studies of important environmental problems offer personal insights into how adopting an ecosystem approach has helped solve important intellectual and practical problems.
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Covers both aquatic (freshwater and marine) and terrestrial ecosystems with updated information
Includes a new chapter on microbial biogeochemistry
Features vignettes throughout the book with real examples of how an ecosystem approach has led to important change in policy, management, and ecological understanding
Demonstrates the application of an ecosystem approach in synthesis chapters and case studies
Contains new coverage of human-environment interactions
Section 1: Introduction 1. Introduction
Section 2: Ecological Energetics 2. Primary Production 3. Secondary Production 4. Decomposition 5. Microbially Mediated Redox Reactions
Section 3: Biogeochemistry 6. Intro to Element Cycling 7. Carbon Cycle 8. Nitrogen Cycle 9. Phosphorus Cycle
Section 4: Synthesis 10. Revisiting the Ecosystem Concept: Important Features that Promote Generality and Understanding 11. Ecosystems in a heterogeneous world 12. Controls on ecosystem structure and function
Section 5: Case Studies 13. Streams and their valleys 14. Ecology of lyme disease 15. Understanding Ecosystem Effects of Dams 16. Acid Rain 17. Surprising ecosystem changes in the Naragannsett Bay 18. From global environmental change to sustainability science: Ecosystem studies in Yaqui Valley Mexico
Section 6: Frontiers 19. Ecosystem science: the continuing evolution of our discipline
Dr. Kathleen C. Weathers is the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Chair in Ecology at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Dr. David L. Strayer is a Distinguished Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Dr. Gene E. Likens is President Emeritus and Distinguished Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Connecticut, Storrs
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