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Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology / Edition 2

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ISBN-13: 9781441995025
Publisher: Springer New York
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Edition description: 2nd ed. 2012
Pages: 529
Sales rank: 519,546
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

F. Stuart Chapin, III is an ecosystem ecologist whose research addresses the sustainability of ecosystems and human communities in a rapidly changing planet. This work emphasizes the impacts of climate change on Alaskan ecology, subsistence resources, and indigenous communities, as a basis for developing climate-change adaptation plans. Pamela Matson is dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, USA. She previously worked at NASA and at the University of California Berkeley. Her professional titles at Stanford are Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, and Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies. Peter Vitousek is at the forefront of research on biological diversity, his research focus is Hawaii. His Stanford Lab is studying nutrient cycling in forest ecosystems as well as the effects of invasions by exotic species.

Table of Contents

I. CONTEXT * The Ecosystem Concept * Earth's Climate System * Geology and Soils * II. MECHANISMS * Terrestrial Water and Energy Balance * Carbon Input to Terrestrial Ecosystems * Terrestrial Production Processes * Terrestrial Decomposition * Terrestrial Plant Nutrient Use * Terrestrial Nutrient Cycling * Aquatic Carbon and Nutrient Cycling * Trophic Dynamics * Community Effects on Ecosystem Processes * III. PATTERNS * Temporal Dynamics * Landscape Heterogeneity and Ecosystem Dynamics * IV. INTEGRATION * Global Biogeochemical Cycles * Managing and Sustaining Ecosystem * Abbreviations * Glossary * References

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AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
I read this for a graduate course in Ecosystems Ecology. This text is well organized with clear focus, good and readable explanations, meaningfully connected to current issues and concerns, and has a good chapter summary for each chapter and helpful review questions. If you have a basic background (a good introductory course), you will benefit from this text especially with regard to understanding systems biology, the impact of human activity (the Anthropocene), and global climate change.