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Foundations of Ecology: Classic Papers with Commentaries Paperback – October 15, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0226705941 ISBN-10: 0226705943 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 920 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (October 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226705943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226705941
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 2.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James H. Brown is a Distinguished Professor of Biology at the University of New Mexico, and past president of the International Biogeography Society.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Anderson on March 24, 2001
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Nearly a decade ago my colleague Bill Drury and I ran into each other in the hall, each of us waving this book & on the way to give it to the other. We had both been teaching out of endless stacks of xeroxes of xeroxes because neither of us had any time for conventioal textbooks. Bless Real & Brown for putting together not only some really key papers but also intelligent thoughtful commentary by some of the leading lights in the field. I have used the book ever since it came out & my students find it a valuable resource to take off to grad school. I must admit that while the selection is lovely there ARE some missing pieces & the xeroxes of xeroxes haven't altogether disappeared, but this is far and away the best out there to date. So, when can we expect the 2nd addition?
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 2003
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This book is actually used as one of two required textbooks for my graduate-level Ecology class at the Institute of Ecology at The University of Georgia. It is a great collection of foundational papers in Ecology for anyone interested in this area of study. It is an excellent reference resource to have handy for any serious Ecology student, professor, fanatic, etc.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anand Bhardwaj on January 28, 2008
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This is a great collection of papers. Some of the papers included in this volume are not easily available online in the PDF format, nor are they available in too many libraries for loan, making this, in my opinion, a must-have for the serious ecology/evolution academic.

You get a pretty good idea of the evolution [sic] of ecological thought thanks to the way the papers have been organized, where you can literally see concepts grow, develop, gain momentum, and then either get worshiped or completely rubbished.

And the book really is well-organized. It is divided into several sections, peppered with insightful commentary that enhances the whole experience. What really makes this book such a pleasure to read, personally, is the emphasis in the first section of the book on old, descriptive ecological papers, which is a type of publication that (for better or for worse) seems to be completely missing from modern ecological discourse.

I recommend this book to academic and armchair ecologists alike.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By karen kastenhofer on November 24, 1999
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there are not many books on the theoretical background of ecology available, yet. hence, "foundations of ecology" is a valuable contribution to the discussion on ecological (self-)identity. not only are the papers selected of great importance on their own, the additional introductory sequences also succeed to put pieces together, to display the broad horizont and context, in which they ought to be understood, and show the contemporary view of historical scientific work. a lot of my personal theoretical considerations would have been impossible without information and motivation this book offered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Delbert W. Atkinson on August 18, 2008
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A book with a wealth of information If a book like this had been availablewhen I was a student it would have saved huddreds of hours of library research, and I wouldn't have found half the information available in one book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BB Castro on January 11, 2007
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A nice compilation of papers that historically leads you through Ecology as a scientific discipline. The commentaries are useful and educational. It is timeless and a fundamental instrument for any ecologist, particularly at the early post-graduate level. The only drawback is that it could be more comprehensive (the editors state that they had to define criteria to cut out some papers from their initial selection), but the information in it can be complemented with good Ecology textbooks.
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By robert dunn on September 3, 2013
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Textbook for my graduate level "core" course in ecology. Can be supplemented by readings from contemporary authors for great coverage of many areas of ecology.
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