The Princeton Guide to Ecology

The Princeton Guide to Ecology

by Simon A. Levin
     
 

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The Princeton Guide to Ecology is a concise, authoritative one-volume reference to the field's major subjects and key concepts. Edited by eminent ecologist Simon Levin, with contributions from an international team of leading ecologists, the book contains more than ninety clear, accurate, and up-to-date articles on the most important topics within seven

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The Princeton Guide to Ecology is a concise, authoritative one-volume reference to the field's major subjects and key concepts. Edited by eminent ecologist Simon Levin, with contributions from an international team of leading ecologists, the book contains more than ninety clear, accurate, and up-to-date articles on the most important topics within seven major areas: autecology, population ecology, communities and ecosystems, landscapes and the biosphere, conservation biology, ecosystem services, and biosphere management. Complete with more than 200 illustrations (including sixteen pages in color), a glossary of key terms, a chronology of milestones in the field, suggestions for further reading on each topic, and an index, this is an essential volume for undergraduate and graduate students, research ecologists, scientists in related fields, policymakers, and anyone else with a serious interest in ecology.

  • Explains key topics in one concise and authoritative volume
  • Features more than ninety articles written by an international team of leading ecologists
  • Contains more than 200 illustrations, including sixteen pages in color
  • Includes glossary, chronology, suggestions for further reading, and index
  • Covers autecology, population ecology, communities and ecosystems, landscapes and the biosphere, conservation biology, ecosystem services, and biosphere management

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Levin (Encyclopedia of Biodiversity) and more than 130 researchers from universities and research centers around the world combine efforts to produce a content-rich volume presenting the diversity of ecology, from basic to applied. The content is divided into seven parts: autecology (the study of individual species in relation to the environment), population ecology, communities and ecosystems, landscapes and the biosphere, conservation biology, ecosystem services, and managing the biosphere. Each part begins with a short introduction and is then further divided into sections ranging from five to 12 pages in length. Each section starts with an outline and a glossary, moves on through its concepts, and concludes with an annotated list of articles and books for further reading. A small number of black-and-white illustrations and 16 pages of color plates barely succeed at providing a break from text. The chronology of milestones in ecology includes more content than the average reference book time line, beginning with humans' earliest use of fire in 500,000 B.C.E. but inexplicably stops with events during 1992. Surely something noteworthy in the field of ecology occurred within the last 17 years. The readings listed at the end of each section do include recent publications. Although the same terms are defined, definitions in the main glossary differ from those provided in the sectional glossaries. BOTTOM LINE The density of text, foreshortened time line, and dueling definitions are not enough to sully the reputation of this reference, since it's still a comprehensive overview of the topic. The text-dense format may have limited appeal in public or school libraries. Highly recommended foracademic libraries.—Teresa R. Faust, Vermont Dept. of Libs., Berlin
Quarterly Review of Biology
Every ecology graduate student studying for their comprehensive examination needs this book. For that matter, every practicing ecologist interested in keeping up with aspects of the field, particularly outside of their own subdiscipline, would be well served to have this book on hand.
— Jonathan M. Chase
Blackwells Recommends
Edited by eminent ecologist Simon Levin, with contributions from leading ecologists, the book explains key topics in more than ninety concise and authoritative articles.
Choice
The Princeton Guide to Ecology is a comprehensive assemblage of contemporary ecological research studies and issues related to the different disciplines of the ecological sciences. . . . Technical information throughout the book is presented in a simple-to-understand manner; a comprehensive glossary facilitates further understanding of terminology/concepts. This volume will be useful to students as well as professionals in areas related to environmental health and public policy.
American Reference Books Annual
Because ecology and conservation are such hot topics as of late, this title could be useful to a number of people. The obvious choice is that of university libraries; however, researchers in the field, scientists in related fields, as well as policy makers and journalists could use this title in their work.
— Shannon Graff Hysell
Quarterly Review of Biology - Jonathan M. Chase
Every ecology graduate student studying for their comprehensive examination needs this book. For that matter, every practicing ecologist interested in keeping up with aspects of the field, particularly outside of their own subdiscipline, would be well served to have this book on hand.
American Reference Books Annual - Shannon Graff Hysell
Because ecology and conservation are such hot topics as of late, this title could be useful to a number of people. The obvious choice is that of university libraries; however, researchers in the field, scientists in related fields, as well as policy makers and journalists could use this title in their work.
Austral Ecology - John Morgan
I think that the most valuable contribution that this book makes is to integrate ideas across ecology, to showcase the diversity of ecology and to give that ecology currency.
From the Publisher
"Every ecology graduate student studying for their comprehensive examination needs this book. For that matter, every practicing ecologist interested in keeping up with aspects of the field, particularly outside of their own subdiscipline, would be well served to have this book on hand."—Jonathan M. Chase, Quarterly Review of Biology

"[A] content-rich volume presenting the diversity of ecology, from basic to applied."Library Journal

"The Princeton Guide to Ecology is a comprehensive assemblage of contemporary ecological research studies and issues related to the different disciplines of the ecological sciences. . . . Technical information throughout the book is presented in a simple-to-understand manner; a comprehensive glossary facilitates further understanding of terminology/concepts. This volume will be useful to students as well as professionals in areas related to environmental health and public policy."Choice

"Edited by eminent ecologist Simon Levin, with contributions from leading ecologists, the book explains key topics in more than ninety concise and authoritative articles."Blackwells Recommends

"Because ecology and conservation are such hot topics as of late, this title could be useful to a number of people. The obvious choice is that of university libraries; however, researchers in the field, scientists in related fields, as well as policy makers and journalists could use this title in their work."—Shannon Graff Hysell, American Reference Books Annual

"I think that the most valuable contribution that this book makes is to integrate ideas across ecology, to showcase the diversity of ecology and to give that ecology currency."—John Morgan, Austral Ecology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400833023
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/27/2009
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Pages:
832
Sales rank:
987,748
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What People are saying about this

May
This is a synoptic survey of our still-advancing understanding of ecological science. It first deals with fundamental principles, ranging from individual plants or animals through populations and ecosystems to entire landscapes. These principles are then applied in insightful discussions of conservation biology, ecosystem services, and ultimately the sustainable management of our planet's biosphere. The 'autecology' of this book is itself remarkable, as tight editing has drawn together contributions from more than one hundred individual authors into a unified whole. In short, the book is a timely and important one.
Robert M. May, University of Oxford
Raven
Essential reading for biologists, social scientists, and all interested in a holistic view of the world, this marvelous collection presents the flourishing state of ecology today and its even more exciting prospects for the future.
Peter H. Raven, President, Missouri Botanical Garden
James Gustave Speth
The Princeton Guide to Ecology is an exciting development because it brings together in one place accessible articles written by the leading experts across the important field of ecology. Ecology has grown and repeatedly subdivided in recent years, but now we have it back together again with this enormously useful framework and compendium.
James Gustave Speth, Dean, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Lovejoy
A long-needed sourcebook to the science so pertinent to the future, providing rich and eminently readable entries on all aspects of ecology—so valuable that it is hard to imagine how anyone managed without it.
Thomas E. Lovejoy, President, Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment

Meet the Author

Simon A. Levin is the George M. Moffett Professor of Biology and a professor of ecology and environmental biology at Princeton University, where he directs the Center for BioComplexity. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of many books, including the Encyclopedia of Biodiversity. Among his many awards are the Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences, the Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences, the Margalef Award for Ecology, and the Eminent Ecologist Award from the Ecological Society of America.

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