Ecology for Environmental Professionals

Ecology for Environmental Professionals

by Dorothy J. Howell
     
 

If, as has been asserted, everything in nature is connected to everything else, it is a lesson yet to be reflected among environmental professions, especially those serving law and policy. Nowhere is the lack of integration more apparent than in the incorporation of sound ecological principles. Yet, comprehension of these principles is a prerequisite to

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If, as has been asserted, everything in nature is connected to everything else, it is a lesson yet to be reflected among environmental professions, especially those serving law and policy. Nowhere is the lack of integration more apparent than in the incorporation of sound ecological principles. Yet, comprehension of these principles is a prerequisite to establishing effective environmental programs, whether local or global. Ecology and environmental sciences range from cosmology to determining toxic effects in a biological system. In short, ecology is served by, and is itself a manifestation of, all the natural sciences. Ecology is further manifested in the social sciences, directly and indirectly. In this book, ecology and environmental sciences are presented to environmental professionals in terms relevant to all their endeavors.

Today's ecologies emerge from the venerable scientific endeavor. Upon placing ecology in the hierarchy of natural sciences, this volume centers on the wealth of dimensions in which ecology is expressed. Extending beyond the three spatial dimensions and that of time, ecology enters those of holistic and reductionist vantages, the last reflected in abiotic and biotic detail. Dimensions serving environmental professions include the experimental, those arising from interrelationships with adaptation and evolution, and that of human ecology. Finally, there is the intellectual dimension: Ecology as one thread in the contemporary cultural tapestry into which environmental policy and law are being woven. Scrupulously avoiding superimposition of political stance, this unique volume serves anyone lacking scientific preparation who would take a stance, professional or personal.

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A sophisticated but nontechnical text in the ecological sciences for environmental professionals who may lack a scientific background. Emerging from the lectures and class discussions developed in the Ecology and Environmental Sciences course for Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center, the volume is divided into six parts: the background; habitats, communities, and ecosystems--the holistic approach; energy and materials--the abiotic component; strategy and the biosphere--the fourth dimension; life on planet Earth--the biota; and ecology and the politicolegal system--the cultural dimension. Includes a glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780899307459
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/1993
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1350L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

DOROTHY J. HOWELL, Assistant Professor at the Environmental Law Center, Vermont Law School, started her career as an ecologist in 1969, becoming an environmental lawyer in 1975. She is also the author of Intellectual Properties and the Protection of Fictional Characters (Quorum, 1990) and Scientific Literacy and Environmental Policy (Quorum, 1992).

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