Toward a Unified Ecology

Paperback | June 23, 2015

byTimothy F. H. Allen, Thomas W. Hoekstra

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The first edition of Toward a Unified Ecology was ahead of its time. For the second edition, the authors present a new synthesis of their core ideas on evaluating communities, organisms, populations, biomes, models, and management. The book now places greater emphasis on post-normal critiques, cognizant of ever-present observer values in the system. The problem it addresses is how to work holistically on complex things that cannot be defined, and this book continues to build an approach to the problem of scaling in ecosystems. Provoked by complexity theory, the authors add a whole new chapter on the central role of narrative in science and how models improve them. The book takes data and modeling seriously, with a sophisticated philosophy of science.

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The first edition of Toward a Unified Ecology was ahead of its time. For the second edition, the authors present a new synthesis of their core ideas on evaluating communities, organisms, populations, biomes, models, and management. The book now places greater emphasis on post-normal critiques, cognizant of ever-present observer values...

Timothy F. H. Allen is professor emeritus of botany at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.Thomas W. Hoekstra is director of Sustainability International in Loveland, Colorado.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:504 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:June 23, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231168896

ISBN - 13:9780231168892

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. The Principles of Ecological Integration2. The Landscape Criterion3. The Ecosystem Criterion4. The Community Criterion5. The Organism Criterion6. The Population Criterion7. The Biome and Biosphere Criteria8. Narratives for Complexity9. Management of Ecological Systems10. A Unified Approach to Basic ResearchConclusionNotesReferencesIndex

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An important book that offers a synthesis across ecology written large. A provocative work, the authors' 'look 'em in the eye and tell 'em what you think' narrative voice should serve as a long overdue cause for scientists to pay better attention to their work.



Full of new insights and perspectives that are quite likely to titillate a pure researcher.