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A Citizen's Guide to Ecology Paperback – May 15, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0195162875 ISBN-10: 0195162870

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (May 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195162870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195162875
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,065,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Scientific American

Slobodkin, professor emeritus of ecology and evolution at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, provides a calm voice amid the rancor often arising in discussions of ecology. "I have two goals," he writes. "One is to enhance appreciation of the pleasure and beauty to be found in nature. Another goal is to help individual citizens understand the real and unreal assertions about existing problems and impending disasters in nature." Dismissing ecological fanatics and faddists, he focuses on "real ecological problems that require solutions," in particular, global warming and endangered species. "If ecologists are very successful," he says, "they will help maintain the pleasant and livable properties of the world. If not, the world will change in unpleasant ways." (122)

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Ecology professor Slobodkin writes that a tendency to alarmism or complacency in television programs and popular literature about nature has impelled him to write this description of his science. Its presentation is laconic--but all the more clear for that unadorned style. Effective, too, is Slobodkin's precept that popular misunderstanding of what ecology involves enables "experts" on ecological problems to gain support for policies that may not be scientifically justified. To aid understanding, he minutely describes how in one ecosystem, a lake, patterns of species interactions and nutrient flows alter during a year, and then extends basic principles thus elucidated to ocean and land. Slobodkin then proceeds to explain the mathematical dynamics of population growth and decline, the concept of ecological niches, and definitions of biodiversity. As these elements come together as influences on global warming and species extinction--the prime worries about ecology as expressed by the public--Slobodkin's sober examination of those two topics offers the empowerment that arises from genuine knowledge about problems. Highly recommended. Gilbert Taylor
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melvin J. Etra on July 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you want to learn about the science of ecology .... here's the book to read.. It it is scholarly, without being didactic --- entertaining, without being trivial.
The author seems to come right out of the pages and invite the reader into his thoughts. You'll find yourself immersed in the subject, and talking back with questions, which seem to answer themselves as you go on to subsquent pages.
I didn't become an expert in the subject by reading this book, but I certainly did gain a greater respect for it, as well as for the author. Read it!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hal on February 21, 2004
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Standing alongside Stephen Hawking, the world of ecology is discussed for adults by not only a master ecologist but also a master storyteller. I was swept away by his ability to looke with 3 pair of eyes at almost any ecological encounter--entertained by his irreverence towards would-be pundits--and truly enlightened by his thoughtful, profound wisdom. This is a book I will cherish and give as a gift to anyone who I believe has earned it--Earned it by being thoughtful and wanting a little bit of their universe unfolded for them by a master teacher.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gareth on June 26, 2006
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Its a good read, but possibly a bit lacking if you want it to be used for studying purposes.
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