3120 pages, illustrations
The aim of this work is to provide an authoritative and comprehensive coverage of the complete field of ecology. It is envisaged that this Encyclopedia will be the standard reference work in the field for the next decade. The work will cover all aspects of ecology from ecological processes to the ecosphere and from ecological regulations, general ecology and ecological engineering to ecological modelling and ecosystem theory. About 40% of the articles will be in the areas of general ecology and ecosystems' characteristics. About 60% of the articles will cover the applied aspects of ecology, including assessment of ecosystem health, ecological engineering and management, evolutionary ecology, ecotoxicology and ecological modelling. Articles will have a standardized format and will include diagrams of uniformly high quality, illustrative case studies and list of "Further reading" to enable readers to access the wider literature.
The concepts and theory will be explained at a level that allows advanced undergraduates and graduate students to understand them. The Encyclopedia will be divided into short articles, each covering one aspect of ecology. It will be structured to provide the user with a comprehensive coverage of the core knowledge, accessed as intuitively as possible, and heavily cross-referenced. Large subject areas may be sub-divided and covered by a number of articles. Articles will normally be no more than 4000 words in length and provide a list of further reading to point users to more in-depth or advanced material.
The principal categories of reader are likely to be students, researchers and professionals who are seeking an authoritative source of information about any particular aspect of general and applied ecology. Undergraduate students should find it an especially useful source of material, as will teachers and lecturers. It will also be useful at the postgraduate level for summarizing a broad range of theoretical topics and for practical advice on research techniques.
The Encyclopedia will be published as a print set and released as an electronic reference source in ScienceDirect. Hyperlinks will be included to enable more efficient cross-referencing between related subjects and allow references to supplementary material, for example video clips, sound files and 3-dimensional rotating images.
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Brian D. Fath is Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University (MD, USA). He teaches courses in ecosystem ecology, environmental biology, networks, and human ecology and sustainability. Dr. Fath has also taught short-courses on ecological modelling in Portugal, Croatia, and Denmark. Since 2002, he is a regular summer research scientist at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria). Dr. Fath graduated in 1990 from Miami University (OH) with degrees in Physics and Aeronautics. He completed an M.S. degree in Environmental Science at Ohio State University (1993) and earned a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Georgia in 1998. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Georgia (1998-2000) and the U.S. EPA in Cincinnati (2000-2001). Dr. Fath researches system sustainability using ecological network analysis, integrated environmental assessment, and information theory. He has published research papers in Journal of Theoretical Biology, Ecological Modelling, Biosystems, Ecological Complexity, Environmental Modelling and Software, and Ecosystems. He has co-authored the book A New Ecology: Systems Perspective. Professional Service includes: Associate Editor for the journal Ecological Modelling (since 2005), Associate Editor-in-chief for the Encyclopedia of Ecology, President, North American Chapter of International Society for Ecological Modelling (since 2006), Editorial Board, The Scientific World Journal (2001-present), Editorial Board, International Journal of Ecodynamics (2004-present), Board of Directors, International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (2004-present), Baltimore County Commission on Environmental Quality (2005-present).