Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science by Kathleen C. WeathersFundamentals of Ecosystem Science by Kathleen C. Weathers

Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science

byKathleen C. WeathersEditorDavid L. Strayer, Gene E. Likens

Paperback | December 5, 2012

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Fundamentals of Ecosystem Scienceprovides a compact and comprehensive introduction to modern ecosystem science.

This book covers major concepts of ecosystem science, biogeochemistry, and energetics. It addresses, contrasts, and compares both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. It combines general lessons, concepts, frameworks, and challenges in highly accessible synthesis chapters. It 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.

This book is ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate students who have had a general biology course, but not further training in ecosystems as well as researchers and professionals in ecology and environmental sciences.



  • 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
Dr Weathers is a Biogeochemist with an expertise in air-land-water interactions, heterogeneous landscapes, ecological importance of fog, air pollution. Dr. Weathers' research focuses on quantifying how biology affects geochemistry and biogeochemical cycling across heterogeneous landscapes, and within and among multiple systems (air-lan...
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Title:Fundamentals of Ecosystem ScienceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:326 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:December 5, 2012Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0120887746

ISBN - 13:9780120887743

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Table of Contents

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

Editorial Reviews

"I have been searching for a book like this for my ecosystem ecology class. The tone is right-on-target, the examples are apropos, and it is clear that these chapters are written for students as opposed to researchers, which is a significant plus."- Dr. Robert Hall, University of Wyoming "I found the chapters in Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science to be well-organized and well-written. Students and teachers alike respond well to them. The level of detail is about right (not too dense), and the subject matter is presented in an interesting and engaging way."- Dr. Clifford Ochs, University of Mississippi "The book is very readable and engaging, and it communicates both a general understanding of the topics and current state of the knowledge.  The incorporation of both terrestrial and aquatic systems is a great contribution since most ecosystem science textbooks are focused on terrestrial or aquatic systems."- Dr. Mary Arthur, University of Kentucky "A refreshing approach that includes specific methods, examples and perspectives from both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. It provides timely and motivating syntheses of concepts and approaches for addressing current challenges to earth's ecosystem functions."- Dr. Amy Rosemond, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia