Humans have directly modified half of the ice-free terrestrial surface and use 40% of terrestrial production. We are causing the sixth major extinction event in the history of life on Earth. With the Earth’s climate, flora, and fauna changing rapidly, there is a pressing need to understand terrestrial ecosystem processes and their sensitivity to environmental and biotic changes. This book offers a framework to do just that.
Ecosystem ecology regards living organisms, including people, and the elements of their environment as components of a single integrated system. The comprehensive coverage in this textbook examines the central processes at work in terrestrial ecosystems, including their freshwater components. It traces the flow of energy, water, carbon, and nutrients from their abiotic origins to their cycles through plants, animals, and decomposer organisms. As well as detailing the processes themselves, the book goes further to integrate them at various scales of magnitude—those of the ecosystem, the wider landscape and the globe. It synthesizes recent advances in ecology with established and emerging ecosystem theory to offer a wide-ranging survey of ecosystem patterns and processes in our terrestrial environment.
Featuring review questions at the end of each chapter, suggestions for further reading, and a glossary of ecological terms, Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology is a vitally relevant text suitable for study in all courses in ecosystem ecology. Resource managers and researchers in many fields will welcome its thorough presentation of ecosystem essentials.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This book came as described and on time. The pages and book corners were a little boxed but not too bad.Published 21 months ago by Alyssa
It was in a little worse shape than described but not so bad that I would send it back. Still four stars worthy.Published 23 months ago by Saxy
Great for upper level or graduate ecology studies. The first chapter leaves a little to be desired but it gets better as the chapters progress.Published on January 9, 2011 by Jonny Depth
Book was received as listed. In new condition with speedy delivery. I would recommend this seller.Published on September 18, 2010 by ENVS Student
Item condition is perfect as described by seller. However, book is very confusing and hard to study from.Published on January 31, 2010 by NarniaForever
Great book on basic terrestrial ecology. If you are an ecology major, you should get this book!Published on May 23, 2009 by J. Ryan Hammons