Ecological Applications Toward a Sustainable World

ISBN-10: 1405136987
ISBN-13: 9781405136983
Edition: 2007
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List price: $73.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/24/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.024
Language: English

Ecological Applications offers a progressive examination of the way ecological theory can be applied to remedy the many problems confronting us. The text moves through the levels of individual organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems, culminating with the macroecological scale of landscape, regional, and global issues. The book is designed to grab the reader 's interest with real-life problems but also to instil an understanding of the fundamentals of ecology.Applications including species conservation, pest control, harvest management, biosecurity, restoration, and reserve design are explored in both terrestrial and aquatic settings. The focus is on ecological sustainability, but economic and sociopolitical dimensions related to the sustainable use of natural resources are also examined.Ecological Applications is a current and comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of ecology for students and practitioners alike.

List of Plates
List of Boxes
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction – Humans, Nature, and Human Nature
Homo not-so-sapiens?
Homo sapiens – Just Another Species?
Human Population Density and Technology Underlie Environmental Impact
A Biodiversity Crisis
The Scale of the Biodiversity Problem
Biodiversity, Ecosystem Function and Ecosystem Services
Drivers of Biodiversity Loss – The Extinction Vortex
Habitat Loss – Driven from House and Home
Invaders – Unwanted Biodiversity
Overexploitation – Too Much of a Good Thing
Habitat degradation – Laying Waste
Global climate change – Life in the Greenhouse
Toward a Sustainable Future?
Ecological Applications – to Conserve, Restore, and Sustain Biodiversity
From an Economic Perspective – Putting a Value on Nature
The Sociopolitical Dimension
Ecological Applications At The Level Of Individual Organisms
Ecological Applications of Niche Theory
Introduction
Unwanted Aliens – Lessons from Niche Theory
Ecological Niche Modeling – Predicting Where Invaders will Succeed
Are we Modeling Fundamental or Realized Niches?
When Humans Disrupt Ecosystems and Make it Easy for Invaders
Conservation of Endangered Species – Each to Its Own Niche
Monarch’s Winter Palace Under Siege
A Species off the Rails – Translocation of the Takahe
Restoration of Habitats Impacted by Human Activities
Land Reclamation – Prospecting for Species to Restore Mined Sites
Agricultural Intensification – Risks to Biodiversity
How Much Does it Cost to Restore a Species?
River Restoration – Going with the Flow
Life-history Theory and Management
Introduction – Using Life-history Traits to Make Management Decisions
Species Traits as Predictors for Effective Restoration
Restoring Grassland Plants – A Pastoral Duty
Restoring Tropical Forest – Abandoned Farmland Reclaimed for Nature
Species Traits as Predictors of Invasion Success
Species Traits Predict Invasive Conifers
Invasion Success – The Importance of Flexibility
Separating Invasions into Sequential Stages – Different Traits for Each?
What We Know and Don’t Know About Invader Traits
Species Traits as Predictors of Extinction Risk
Niche Breadth and Flexibility – Freshwater and Forest at Risk
When Big isn’t Best – r/K Theory, Harvesting, Grazing and Pollution
When Competitiveness Matters – CSR Theory, Grazing and Habitat Fragmentation
Dispersal, Migration and Management
Introduction – Why Species Mobility Matters
Migration and Dispersal – Lessons for Conservation
For Whom the Bell Tolls – The Surprising Story of a South American Bird
The Ups and Downs of Panda Conservation
Dispersal of a Vulnerable Aquatic Insect – A Damsel in Distress
Designing Marine Reserves
Restoration and Species Mobility
Behavior Management
Bog Restoration &#8

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