The Ecological Web

More on the Distribution and Abundance of Animals


Author: H. G. Andrewartha,L. C. Birch

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226020341

Category: Nature

Page: 520

View: 2273

"This book is the naturalist's vision of population ecology ..." P.J. den Boer -- Book Cover.

The Olympic Rain Forest

An Ecological Web


Author: Ruth Kirk,Jerry F. Franklin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780295971872

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 2167

The forest of the northwest coast of North America accounts for two thirds of the world's temperate-zone rain forest, which is a fraction of the size of the more publicized tropical rain forest but is currently being lost at a comparable rate. Coming at a time of public concern and controversy regarding the future of the forest, this book provides a fresh examination of the natural dynamics that have produced the remarkably lush growth characterizing roughly two thousand miles of coast from Coos Bay, Oregon, to the gulf of Alaska--a stretch of greater north-south ecological sameness than exists anywhere else on earth. The rain forest valleys of Washington's Olympic Peninsula stand out as the showpiece of this region. Because the forest's productivity and sheer biomass per square mile are among the world's greatest, it is recognized as a National Park, a World Biosphere Reserve, and a World Heritage Site. Pointing out that ecology and economics share the same root (oikos, meaning ?home?), this book evokes the forest's beauty and intricacy while summarizing scientific understanding of components and interactions. We learn that moldering logs produce their own moisture as a by-product of decay, and are virtual reservoirs as well as storehouses of nutrients--qualities that contribute to their role as the rain forest's famed nurse logs, which act as seedbeds for oncoming generations of spruce and hemlock. We also learn that fallen trees affect stream flow and crucially influence the well-being of aquatic organisms (including fish) and that, washed downriver, they modify both beach character and life in the ocean near river mouths. The unique ecological web of this ancient forest--which has existed for at least five thousand years--includes the peculiar above-ground rooting of maple trees, which actually feed from the mossy ?upholstery? covering their trunks and branches; the role of elk as ?landscape gardners? preventing the understory from becoming a thicket; and a newly discovered life community within the gravel zone of river bottoms and out under the forest floor. ?Many of the spruce and hemlock trees we walk among today were alive when men like Sir Francis Bacon and Johannes Kepler first recognized the value of objective data over mystical portents,? write authors Ruth Kirk and Jerry Franklin. ?They have been pushing their roots through the soil and wafting seeds into the air throughout the entire existence of science.' This book will be welcomed by resident Northwesterners and travelers as well as by all who are interested in nature. Its prose is both broadly readable and scientifically sound. More than 100 color photographs catch the variety and grandeur of this magnificent forest.

The Ecology of Seashores


Author: George A. Knox

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1420042637

Category: Science

Page: 576

View: 1831

The Ecology of Seashores explores the complex shore environment. It covers the ways in which representative species have adapted to life in a constantly changing environment in terms of their interactions, the control of community structure, and how energy and materials are cycled in different ecosystems. Written by an eminent marine biologist, this work emphasizes ecological processes and the use of systems analysis in understanding such processes. He gives complete coverage of the ecology of all seashore types: rocky shores, soft shores, sandy beaches, and estuaries at an advanced level. When appropriate, the author uses the energy circuit language of symbols and diagrams developed by H.T. Odum as a basis of understanding. The first comprehensive review and synthesis of the research on shore ecosystems, the book lends order to some of the most complex ecosystem types and presents a wide range of geographical examples. If you are involved in researching or managing coastal zones, The Ecology of Seashores provides exhaustive coverage of the essential background information you need.

Spiders in Ecological Webs


Author: David H. Wise

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521310611

Category: Science

Page: 328

View: 5180

A critical evaluation of the role of field experimentation in population and community ecology.

The Ecological Basis of Conservation

Heterogeneity, Ecosystems, and Biodiversity


Author: Steward Pickett,Richard S. Ostfeld,Moshe Shachak,Gene E. Likens

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461560039

Category: Science

Page: 466

View: 3949

From its inception, the U.S. Department of the Interior has been charged with a conflicting mission. One set of statutes demands that the department must develop America's lands, that it get our trees, water, oil, and minerals out into the marketplace. Yet an opposing set of laws orders us to conserve these same resources, to preserve them for the long term and to consider the noncommodity values of our public landscape. That dichotomy, between rapid exploitation and long-term protection, demands what I see as the most significant policy departure of my tenure in office: the use of science-interdisciplinary science-as the primary basis for land management decisions. For more than a century, that has not been the case. Instead, we have managed this dichotomy by compartmentalizing the American landscape. Congress and my predecessors handled resource conflicts by drawing enclosures: "We'll create a national park here," they said, "and we'll put a wildlife refuge over there." Simple enough, as far as protection goes. And outside those protected areas, the message was equally simplistic: "Y'all come and get it. Have at it." The nature and the pace of the resource extraction was not at issue; if you could find it, it was yours.

Guidelines on the Application of Existing International Instruments in Developing the Pan-European Ecological Network


Author: Graham Bennett

Publisher: Council of Europe

ISBN: 9789287149350

Category: Applied ecology

Page: 99

View: 6235

The Pan-European Ecological Network aims to secure the favourable conservation status of the ecosystems, habitats, species and landscapes of importance across Europe. This report reviews the provisions of existing international instruments and proposes priority co-operation action which could support both the development of the network and the implementation of these instruments.

Models of the Ecological Hierarchy

From Molecules to the Ecosphere


Author: Ferenc Jordán,Sven Erik Jorgensen

Publisher: Newnes

ISBN: 0444593969

Category: Nature

Page: 562

View: 9489

"Based on selected papers covering the presentations at the 7th European Conference on Ecological Modelling, organized by ISEM and hosted by The Microsoft Research--University of Trento Center for Computational and Systems Biology from 30 May to 2 June, 2011 in Riva del Garde, Italy"--P. xi.

A New Ecology

Systems Perspective


Author: Sven Erik Jørgensen,Brian Fath,Simone Bastianoni,Joao C. Marques,Felix Muller,S. Nors Nielsen,Bernard D. Patten,Enzo Tiezzi,Robert E. Ulanowicz

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780080497396

Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 1545

A New Ecology presents an ecosystem theory based on the following ecosystem properties: physical openness, ontic openness, directionality, connectivity, a complex dynamic for growth and development, and a complex dynamic response to disturbances. Each of these properties is developed in detail to show that these basic and characteristic properties can be applied to explain a wide spectrum of ecological obsevations and convections. It is also shown that the properties have application for environmental management and for assessment of ecosystem health. * Demonstrates an ecosystem theory that can be applied to explain ecological observations and rules * Presents an ecosystem theory based upon a systems approach * Discusses an ecosystem theory that is based on a few basic properties that are characteristic for ecosystmes

Ecological Networks

Linking Structure to Dynamics in Food Webs


Author: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Mercedes Pascual,Mercedes Pascual,Jennifer A. Dunne

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195188165

Category: Science

Page: 386

View: 4110

Food webs are one of the most useful, and challenging, objects of study in ecology. These networks of predator-prey interactions, conjured in Darwin's image of a "tangled bank," provide a paradigmatic example of complex adaptive systems. This book is based on a February 2004 Santa Fe Institute workshop. Its authors treat the ecology of predator-prey interactions, food web theory, structure and dynamics. The book explores the boundaries of what is known of the relationship between structure and dynamics in ecological networks and will define directions for future developments in this field.

Advances in Ecological Research


Author: N.A

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 9780080567006

Category: Science

Page: 343

View: 4814

Advances in Ecological Research, first published in 1962, is one of Academic Press's most successful and prestigious series. In 1999, the Institute for Scientific Information released figures showing that the serial has an Impact Factor of 9.6, with a half life of 10.0 years, placing it 1st in the highly competitive category of Ecology. The Editors have always striven to provide a wide range of top-quality papers on all aspects of ecology, such as animal/plant, physiology/population/community, landscape and ecosystem ecology. Eclectic volumes in the serial are supplemented by thematic volumes on such topics as Estuaries and Ancient Lakes. Now edited by Dr Hal Caswell, of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Advances in Ecological Research continues to publish topical and important reviews, interpreting ecology as widely as in the past, to include all material that contributes to our understanding of the field.

Process-Relational Philosophy

An Introduction to Alfred North Whitehead


Author: C. Robert Mesle

Publisher: Templeton Foundation Press

ISBN: 1599472082

Category: Philosophy

Page: 136

View: 2642

Process thought is the foundation for studies in many areas of contemporary philosophy, theology, political theory, educational theory, and the religion-science dialogue. It is derived from Alfred North Whitehead's philosophy, known as process theology, which lays a groundwork for integrating evolutionary biology, physics, philosophy of mind, theology, environmental ethics, religious pluralism, education, economics, and more. In Process-Relational Philosophy, C. Robert Mesle breaks down Whitehead's complex writings, providing a simple but accurate introduction to the vision that underlies much of contemporary process philosophy and theology. In doing so, he points to a "way beyond both reductive materialism and the traps of Cartesian dualism by showing reality as a relational process in which minds arise from bodies, in which freedom and creativity are foundational to process, in which the relational power of persuasion is more basic than the unilateral power of coercion." Because process-relational philosophy addresses the deep intuitions of a relational world basic to environmental and global thinking, it is being incorporated into undergraduate and graduate courses in philosophy, educational theory and practice, environmental ethics, and science and values, among others. Process-Relational Philosophy: A Basic Introduction makes Whitehead's creative vision accessible to all students and general readers.

A Neotropical Companion

An Introduction to the Animals, Plants, and Ecosystems of the New World Tropics


Author: John C. Kricher

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691009742

Category: Nature

Page: 451

View: 1141

Widely praised, "A Neotropical Companion" remains a book of unparalleled value to tourists, students, and scientists alike. It is an extraordinarily readable introduction to the American tropics, the lands of Central and South America, their rainforests and other ecosystems, and the creatures that live there. 177 color illustrations.

Forest Wildlife Ecology and Habitat Management


Author: David R. Patton

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1439895066

Category: Nature

Page: 292

View: 592

Across the continental United States, one can identify 20 distinct forest cover types. Most of these are to be found on federal lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Those responsible for the management of trees that form the 20 different cover types and the diversity of forest wildlife that reside in them must have a solid grounding in concepts of forest management, especially silviculture, as well as concepts of wildlife management, in order to integrate both as part of any effective natural resource management plan. Forest Wildlife Ecology and Habitat Management provides both foresters and wildlife biologists responsible for managing forest resources with an integrated understanding of the relationship between forests and wildlife. Based on David Patton’s 50 years of experience as a forester and wildlife biologist, the book shows readers how to look at forests as ecological systems and wildlife as part of the energy flow and nutrient cycling process within those systems. He offers readers a fundamental understanding of the natural processes that occur in a forest taking into consideration vegetation, water, and the natural effects of climate and time. He then provides a biological perspective on wildlife, discussing reproduction, behavior, feeding habits, and mobility. He also discusses the various influences on forests and wildlife by both natural and human-caused events. Covering those forest types included in the U.S. National Atlas, and associating over 1,100 wildlife species with 20 major forest types in 48 states, Professor Patton provides recommendations for ways to restore and maintain wildlife habitat by direct and indirect coordination. Towards this end, the author — Evaluates various approaches to integrate forestry and wildlife management Offers a number of practical management strategies, emphasizing a progressive holistic approach Presents the FAAWN (Forest Attributes and Wildlife Needs) data model A CD-ROM is included that provides readers with easy-to-use software that will help them consider more than 63,000 potential associations among forest components and wildlife within the FAAWN model.

The Ecology of Phytoplankton


Author: C. S. Reynolds

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139454897

Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 3229

Communities of microscopic plant life, or phytoplankton, dominate the Earth's aquatic ecosystems. This important new book by Colin Reynolds covers the adaptations, physiology and population dynamics of phytoplankton communities in lakes and rivers and oceans. It provides basic information on composition, morphology and physiology of the main phyletic groups represented in marine and freshwater systems and in addition reviews recent advances in community ecology, developing an appreciation of assembly processes, co-existence and competition, disturbance and diversity. Although focussed on one group of organisms, the book develops many concepts relevant to ecology in the broadest sense, and as such will appeal to graduate students and researchers in ecology, limnology and oceanography.

Ecological Networks and Greenways

Concept, Design, Implementation


Author: Rob H. G. Jongman,Gloria Pungetti

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521535021

Category: Nature

Page: 345

View: 2775

Combines theoretical concepts of landscape ecology with the practice of landscape planning.

Aquatic Food Webs

An Ecosystem Approach


Author: Andrea Belgrano

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198564829

Category: Science

Page: 262

View: 6881

'Aquatic Food Webs' provides a current synthesis of theoretical and empirical food web research. The textbook is suitable for graduate level students as well as professional researchers in community, ecosystem, and theoretical ecology, in aquatic ecology, and in conservation biology.

Performing Ecological Risk Assessments


Author: Edward J. Calabrese,Linda A. Baldwin

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780873717038

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 288

View: 2213

Performing Ecological Risk Assessments is an extensive compilation of work discussing the components of an ecological risk assessment and how it compares with a human risk assessment. Topics considered include an introduction to environmental fate models and pharmacokinetic factors, documentation and critiques for the quantitative basis of uncertainty factors (UFs) in ecological risk assessment, a schematic scheme for deriving chemical-specific and species-specific maximum acceptable tissue concentration (MATCs), a discussion about sediment quality criteria (SQC), and discussions of methods for deriving multi-contaminant ecosystem MATCs. The book is an excellent reference for environmental toxicologists and chemists, ecological risk assessors, environmental consultants, and regulatory personnel.


The Ecological Issues


Author: J. C. Davenport,Kenneth D. Black,Gavin Burnell,Tom Cross,Sarah Culloty,Suki Ekaratne,Bob Furness,Maire Mulcahy,Helmut Thetmeyer

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444311255

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 96

View: 1339

Aquaculture: the ecological issues is written by an international team of researchers. Their aim has been to give an accessible account of the scale and diversity of aquaculture and the impact that it has on habitats and ecosystems throughout the world. It deals with the culture of carp and oysters, catfish and crayfish, salmon and tiger prawns. Written by an international team of researchers. Provides an accessible account of the scale and diversity of aquaculture and the impact that it has on habitats and ecosystems throughout the world Controversial topics such as habitat loss, the introduction of alien species, genetic pollution by escapees from fish farms and spread of disease from farmed to world populations are covered Focuses on how effects of these problems have been ameliorated and looks to a future where improved technology, better regulation and integrated resource management can combine to make the industry more sustainable