Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science

Other | December 31, 2012

byKathleen C. Weathers, Kathleen C. Weathers, David L. Strayer...EditorDavid L. Strayer, Gene E. Likens

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Ecosystem science has developed into a major part of contemporary ecology, and it is now applied to diagnose and solve a wide range of important environmental problems.Fundamentals of Ecosystem Scienceprovides a compact and comprehensive introduction to modern ecosystem science. Written by a group of experts, this book covers major concepts of ecosystem science, biogeochemistry, and energetics.



  • Addresses, contrasts, and compares both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
  • Combines general lessons, concepts, frameworks, and challenges in highly accessible synthesis chapters
  • Presents firsthand case studies, written by leaders in the field, offering personal insights into how adopting an ecosystem approach led to innovations, new understanding, management changes, and policy solutions

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Ecosystem science has developed into a major part of contemporary ecology, and it is now applied to diagnose and solve a wide range of important environmental problems.Fundamentals of Ecosystem Scienceprovides a compact and comprehensive introduction to modern ecosystem science. Written by a group of experts, this book covers major con...

Format:OtherDimensions:326 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:December 31, 2012Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0080916805

ISBN - 13:9780080916804

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Table of Contents

Preface Part I: Introduction 1. Introduction to Ecosystem Science Part II: Ecological Energetics 2. Primary Production: The Foundation of Ecosystems 3. Secondary Production and Consumer Energetics 4. Organic Matter Decomposition Part III: Biogeochemistry 5. Element Cycling 6. The Carbon Cycle 7. The Nitrogen Cycle 8. The Phosphorus Cycle Part IV: Synthesis 9. Revisiting the Ecosystem Concept: Important Features That Promote Generality and Understanding 10. Ecosystems in a Heterogeneous World 11. Controls on Ecosystem Structure and Function Part V: Case Studies 12. From Global Environmental Change to Sustainability Science: Ecosystem Studies in the Yaqui Valley, Mexico 13. Ecology of Lyme Disease 14. Understanding Ecosystem Effects of Dams 15. Acid Rain 16. Streams and Their Valleys Part VI: Frontiers 17. Frontiers in Ecosystem Science Appendix: A Primer on Biologically Mediated Redox Reactions in Ecosystems Glossary Index