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Fundamentals of Soil Ecology
     

Fundamentals of Soil Ecology

by David C. Coleman
 

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This fully revised and expanded edition of Fundamentals of Soil Ecology continues its holistic approach to soil biology and ecosystem function. Students and ecosystem researchers will gain a greater understanding of the central roles that soils play in ecosystem development and function. The authors emphasize the increasing importance of soils as the organizing

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This fully revised and expanded edition of Fundamentals of Soil Ecology continues its holistic approach to soil biology and ecosystem function. Students and ecosystem researchers will gain a greater understanding of the central roles that soils play in ecosystem development and function. The authors emphasize the increasing importance of soils as the organizing center for all terrestrial ecosystems and provide an overview of theory and practice of soil ecology, both from an ecosystem and evolutionary biology point of view. This volume contains updated and greatly expanded coverage of all belowground biota (roots, microbes and fauna) and methods to identify and determine its distribution and abundance. New chapters are provided on soil biodiversity and its relationship to ecosystem processes, suggested laboratory and field methods to measure biota and their activities in ecosystems..

* Contains over 60% new material and 150 more pages
* Includes new chapters on soil biodiversity and its relationship to ecosystem function
* Outlines suggested laboratory and field methods
* Incorporates new pedagogical features
* Combines theoretical and practical approaches

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Booknews
A gardener has an intimate knowledge of soil and its crawling inhabitants, but in the area of ecology the ground is often slighted by the preservation of more distant considerations such as eagles. Coleman and Crossley (Institute of Ecology, U. of Georgia) have designed a graduate-level text integrating soil science with ecology, treating the soil as an organizing center for ecosystems while examining the activities of microbes and soil fauna, decomposition cycles, the physiology of soil organisms, and future developments in biodiversity and global change. Includes illustrations and photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"This book is by highly respected authors on a very active subject...it will give an excellent education on soil organisms and their general behavior."
-P.B.H. Tinker, in EXPERIMENTAL AGRICULTURE, VOL. 41, 2005

"...a very well written and organized book, with its major strength in stating the various topics as 'state of the art,' along with the authors' visions for the near future of soil ecology."
-Hector Causarano, Auburn University, in VADOSE ZONE JOURNAL, 2005

"This updated and expanded edition will be useful as a textbook for students of soil ecology and scientists doing research in this field."
-Northeastern Naturalist

"The writing is erudite, yet with a clear and easy style, sprinkled with anecdotes that make for an engaging read...an excellent reference ."
- Keith Paustian, Colorado State University, in AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS

"...an eye-opener and a fascinating journey...This clarity is to be appreciated by every academic teacher and makes it fun reading."
- ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY

"...an excellent introduction to the field of soil ecology and is essential reading for any student or researcher...I recommend this book strongly."
- Richard Bardgett, Institute of Environmental and Natural Sciences, Soil and Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory in Bioscience

"This book remains my choice of texts for students and would be recommended for anyone with an interest in soils..." - John Dighton, Director, Rutgers University Pinelands Field Station, U.S.A.

"[The authors] bring together the most recent information on soil science, soil zoology and ecology, in a comprehensive, well-written book." - Diana Wall, Professor and Director, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, U.S.A.

"This book provides a balanced and comprehensive perspective on the multi-disciplinary nature of soil ecology." - Deborah Neher, University of Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A.

"Fundamentals of Soil Ecology...is a thorough, well-researched presentation of current trends in soil ecology. I highly recommend this book." - Thomas L. Thompson, Professor of Soil Science, University of Arizona

"Students and ecosystem researchers will gain a greater understanding of the central roles that soils play in ecosystem development and function."
- in BOIS & FORETS DES TROPIQUES, 2005

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780080472812
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
08/11/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
408
File size:
15 MB
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Meet the Author

David C. Coleman has been a lifelong soil ecologist with interests in soil biodiversity and biogeochemical cycling. He conducted research at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory of the University of Georgia (1965-1971), and the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University (1972-1985). While there, he also progressed through the ranks from Assistant to Associate and Full Professor of Zoology and Entomology at CSU. From 1985 he has been a Distinguished Research Professor of Ecology in the Institute of Ecology and later the Odum School of Ecology of the University of Georgia. He has been Professor Emeritus since 2005.

During the academic year of 1979-1980, Coleman was visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) Institute of Nuclear Sciences and Soil Bureau in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. David received the Distinguished Service award from the Soil Ecology Society in 1999 and the Distinguished Ecosystem Scientist award from the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory in 2002. He served on several advisory panels on Ecology and Ecosystems with the National Science Foundation and on an advisory panel on Alternative Agriculture for the National Research Council. His research has concentrated on microbial-faunal interactions in detrital food webs in agroecosystems, e.g, Horseshoe Bend, near Athens, and in forested watersheds at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in western North Carolina, as part of the Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) study. From 1996-2002 he was co-lead PI on the Coweeta LTER project. He was also a McMaster Visiting Research Fellow at CSIRO, Adelaide, South Australia, January-April 2006.

David served as co-Chief Editor of Soil Biology and Biochemistry from 1998 to 2010 and serves as its Review Editor currently. He serves on editorial boards of several other soil biology journals. He has published over 300 refereed journal articles and books and is senior author of Fundamentals of Soil Ecology (second edition, 2004), and the author of Big Ecology: The Emergence of Ecosystem Science (2010).
Dac Crossley is a Professor Emeritus of Ecology at the Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, USA. He served as Director the Graduate Program in Ecology, at the Institute of Ecology at UGA since its inception. He was Principal Investigator of the Coweeta Long-Term Ecological Research site in North Carolina. He has served as editor and reviewer of numerous ecological and entomological journals. He currently serves as an associate curator at the Georgia Museum of Natural History where he curates the soil mite collection.

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