ISBN-10:
0195162870
ISBN-13:
9780195162875
Pub. Date:
04/28/2003
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
A Citizen's Guide to Ecology

A Citizen's Guide to Ecology

by Lawrence B. Slobodkin

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ISBN-13: 9780195162875
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/28/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Larry Slobodkin is Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the State University of New York at Stony Brook But most importantly there he is the first chairman of the first department of ecology and evolution in this country. His books include Growth and Regulation of Animal Populations and Simplicity and Complexity in Games of the Intellect.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction3
Defining Ecology3
Changes5
Why Another Ecology Book?12
Who Are Ecologists?22
1The Big Picture33
Water and Energy: Life's Necessities33
The Origin of Life and of Atmospheric Oxygen43
Big Systems52
Lakes52
Lakes Through the Seasons60
Oceans73
Dry Land81
How Independent Are Ecological Systems?95
2How do Species Survive?101
Populations101
Individuals and Populations115
Species Diversity127
Species Extinction139
Are All Invasive Species Villains?144
3Two Major Current Problems155
Global Warming and Endangered Species155
What Can Be Done About Global Warming?156
Protecting Endangered Species166
4Applying Ecology177
Experts, Pseudoexperts, and How to Tell Them Apart177
The Importance of Being Natural and Vegetarian189
Medicine and Ecology as "Health" Sciences195
Conclusions205
Appendix213
References215
Index231

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