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Ecology and Ecosystem Conservation

ISBN-10: 1597260495
ISBN-13: 9781597260497
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 1/23/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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.

Preface
Ecosystem Conservation: The Need for Ecological Science
The Science of Ecology
What is Is Ecology?
Resolving Ecological Complexity
Life as a Game
Ecological Science: Gaining Reliable Knowledge about Ecosystems
Climate-Template for Global Biodiversity
The Physics Underlying Life on Earth
Ecosystem Types
Coping With with Climate
Climate-Space
Effects of Global Climate Change
Ecological Limits and the Size of Populations
Simple Population Growth
Ecological Balance and Carrying Capacity
Competitors and Predators
Weather
Carrying Capacity and Population Overabundance
Viability of Threatened Species
Life-Cycles and Population Dynamics
Modeling Age-Structured Population Dynamics
Viability of Loggerhead Sea Turtles
Biodiversity and Habitat Fragmentation
Diversity Indices
Habitat Fragmentation and the Species-Area Relationship
Habitat Fragmentation and Population and Community Processes
The Web of Life: Connections in Space and Time
Ecosystems in Time
Ecosystems in Space: Linkages Across Geographic Boundaries
Ecosystem Services of Biodiversity
Diversity Begets Ecosystem Stability
Diversity-Productivity Relations
Crop Pollination
Pest Control
Invasion Resistance
Protecting Biological Diversity and Ecosystem Function
Conservation Tools
Dynamic Landscapes
Global Climate Change and Reshuffling of Faunas
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
References
Further Reading
Glossary
About the Author
Index

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