“When two or more people sleep on a waterbed, one person rolling over is likely to disturb the others. The ecological world is like a gigantic waterbed in which disturbances ripple through webs, or branching chains of species, with unforeseen effects. Trophic Cascades provides a comprehensive account of what life’s waterbed is really like: When a population is changed, introduced, or eradicated, trophic cascades can change the numbers or behavior of even the most ecologically remote species in ways that seem counterintuitive. The authors discuss the conservation significance of trophic cascades on land, in oceans, and in fresh water. This great book will become a classic centerpiece of the ecological literature.”
(Jared Diamond Professor of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, and Pulitzer Priz
“Predators everywhere are threatened by human impact, underscoring Aldo Leopold’s dictum that intelligent tinkering requires saving all the parts; yet we’ve failed to appreciate the significant roles of these animals in structuring ecosystems. Terborgh and Estes, both distinguished field biologists, provide a wide-ranging set of scholarly reviews. Trophic Cascades is natural history at its best, outstanding science in the service of conserving the diversity of life on earth.”
(Harry W. Greene Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, and author of
“This important book focuses attention on a relatively neglected aspect of the Biodiversity Crisis, namely that species higher up in food chains are differentially important, and also differentially at risk. The book’s rich array of well-studied examples of consequent ‘trophic cascades’ of damage to ecosystems and the services they deliver deserves wide attention, with the lessons incorporated in conservation planning. Read this book.”
(Professor Lord Robert May Department of Zoology, Oxford University
"... this book is a very valuable source for all students and researchers and for the first time provides an excellent overview of our current knowledge on trophic cascades in different ecosystems."
(Klaus Birkhofer, Justus Liebig University Basic and Applied Ecology
"The complexities of nature, the importance of keystone predators, and the dynamic nature of populations are clearly described in these well-written, thought-provoking papers, well suited for general audiences. References are up to date. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries."
(J. Burger, Rutgers CHOICE
"This book is provocative and demands sustained, deep thought on the part of readers. Many bold, large, synthetic ideas are proposed, albeit often tentatively, and the relevant literature is not only from ecology and conservation biology but from archeology, paleobiology, mathematics, and other fields...One should not read Trophic Cascades
in search of insights on restoration techniques. Rather, any restoration biologist should read it as a challenging, mind-expanding exercise, inspiring thoughts about why we try to restore, what we try to restore to, what might be feasible, why we have succeeded or failed, and why an ecosystem perspective is absolutely necessary."
(Daniel Simberloff, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Ecological Restoration
"We recommend this book to instructors, professionals and any others in need of a text that presents varied examples and addresses questions surrounding top-down forcing in aquatic and terrestrial systems."
(A.K. Koske, et al., University of Massachusetts, Amherst Integrative and Comparative Biology
"This book is an excellent, comprehensive resource on trophic cascades... This is a comprehensive book. Its dramatic examples and bold conclusions make for exciting and challenging reading. It is a timely and compelling synthesis of evidence relating to trophic cascades."
“In the first comprehensive work on trophic cascades, leading experts in terrestrial, marine, and lake food webs distill decades of evidence and lifetimes of insight to show that large carnivores, as apex predators, exert ubiquitous and powerful effects over nature. This landmark book argues, compellingly, that the ongoing worldwide loss of megacarnivores not only impoverishes Earth’s biota, but also undermines life support services needed for thriving human societies.”
(Mary E. Power Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley