Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting

Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting

by Catherine Rich, Travis Longcore
5.0 1
Pub. Date:
Island Press
Select a Purchase Option
  • purchase options

Temporarily Out of Stock Online


Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting

While certain ecological problems associated with artificial night lighting are widely known-for instance, the disorientation of sea turtle hatchlings by beachfront lighting-the vast range of influences on all types of animals and plants is only beginning to be recognized. From nest choice and breeding success of birds to behavioral and physiological changes in salamanders, many organisms are seriously affected by human alterations in natural patterns of light and dark. Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting is the first book to consider the environmental effects of the intentional illumination of the night. It brings together leading scientists from around the world to review the state of knowledge on the subject and to describe specific effects that have been observed across a full range of taxonomic groups, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fishes, invertebrates, and plants. Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting provides a scientific basis to begin addressing the challenge of conserving the nighttime environment. It cogently demonstrates the vital importance of this until-now neglected topic and is an essential new work for conservation planners, researchers, and anyone concerned with human impacts on the natural world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781559631280
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 11/18/2005
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Title Page,
Copyright Page,
Chapter 1 - Introduction,
Part I - Mammals,
Night, Venezuela,
Chapter 2 - Effects of Artificial Night Lighting on Terrestrial Mammals,
Chapter 3 - Bats and Their Insect Prey at Streetlights,
Part II - Birds,
Night, Maine Woods,
Chapter 4 - Effects of Artificial Night Lighting on Migrating Birds,
Chapter 5 - Influences of Artificial Light on Marine Birds,
Chapter 6 - Road Lighting and Grassland Birds: Local Influence of Road Lighting on a Black-Tailed Godwit Population,
Part III - Reptiles and Amphibians,
Night, Tortuguero,
Chapter 7 - Protecting Sea Turtles from Artificial Night Lighting at Florida's Oceanic Beaches,
Chapter 8 - Night Lights and Reptiles: Observed and Potential Effects,
Chapter 9 - Observed and Potential Effects of Artificial Night Lighting on Anuran Amphibians,
Chapter 10 - Influence of Artificial Illumination on the Nocturnal Behavior and Physiology of Salamanders,
Part IV - Fishes,
Night, Atlantic,
Chapter 11 - Artificial Night Lighting and Fishes,
Part V - Invertebrates,
Night, Tropics,
Chapter 12 - Artificial Night Lighting and Insects: Attraction of Insects to Streetlamps in a Rural Setting in Germany,
Chapter 13 - Effects of Artificial Night Lighting on Moths,
Chapter 14 - Stray Light, Fireflies, and Fireflyers,
Chapter 15 - Artificial Light at Night in Freshwater Habitats and Its Potential Ecological Effects,
Part VI - Plants,
Night, Massachusetts,
Chapter 16 - Physiology of Plant Responses to Artificial Lighting,
Chapter 17 - Synthesis,
About the Contributors,
Island Press Board of Directors,

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a book that I was interested in to further my research into the effects of artificial lighting on the human. It is actually lacking in this particular area! It is well known today that compact florescent lights (CFL) and light emitting diode (LED) lights are having detrimental effects on humans. It is known that streetlights can have undesirable effects to the human also. The book does discuss how some of these relate to ecological systems. The book is very unique and has some interesting insights into ecosystem behaviors that are likely impacting the human. It is written by researchers and is a collection of their articles. I enjoyed the book, but I do consider the lack of human study an oversight for the ordinary person who wants to know how your office and home lighting products are affecting your health and the welfare of your family. It is a five star book on the impacts to birds, animals, plants and fish.