Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science,
Edition 2
Edited by Kathleen C. Weathers, David L. Strayer and Gene E. Likens

Publication Date: 26 Jul 2021

Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science, Second Edition provides a comprehensive introduction to modern ecosystem science covering land, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Featuring full color images to support learning and written by a group of experts, this updated edition covers major concepts of ecosystem science, biogeochemistry, and energetics. Case studies of important environmental problems offer personal insights into how adopting an ecosystem approach has helped solve important intellectual and practical problems.

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Key Features

  • Covers both aquatic (freshwater and marine) and terrestrial ecosystems with updated information
  • Includes a new chapter on microbial biogeochemistry
  • Features vignettes throughout the book with real examples of how an ecosystem approach has led to important change in policy, management, and ecological understanding
  • Demonstrates the application of an ecosystem approach in synthesis chapters and case studies
  • Contains new coverage of human-environment interactions
About the author
Edited by Kathleen C. Weathers, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY, USA; David L. Strayer, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY, USA and Gene E. Likens, Distinguished Senior Scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY, USA
Table of Contents

Section 1: Introduction
1. Introduction

Section 2: Ecological Energetics
2. Primary Production
3. Secondary Production
4. Decomposition
5. Microbially Mediated Redox Reactions

Section 3: Biogeochemistry
6. Intro to Element Cycling
7. Carbon Cycle
8. Nitrogen Cycle
9. Phosphorus Cycle

Section 4: Synthesis
10. Revisiting the Ecosystem Concept: Important Features that Promote Generality and Understanding
11. Ecosystems in a heterogeneous world
12. Controls on ecosystem structure and function

Section 5: Case Studies
13. Streams and their valleys
14. Ecology of lyme disease
15. Understanding Ecosystem Effects of Dams
16. Acid Rain
17. Surprising ecosystem changes in the Naragannsett Bay
18. From global environmental change to sustainability science: Ecosystem studies in Yaqui Valley Mexico

Section 6: Frontiers
19. Ecosystem science: the continuing evolution of our discipline

Book details
ISBN: 9780128127629
Page Count: 358
Retail Price : £67.99

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