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Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science


By: Kathleen C Weathers (Author), David L Strayer (Author), Gene E Likens (Author)

312 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour tables

Academic Press

Paperback | Dec 2012 | #185196 | ISBN-13: 9780120887743
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Ecosystem science has developed into a major part of contemporary ecology, and it is now applied to diagnose and solve a wide range of important environmental problems. Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science provides a compact and comprehensive introduction to modern ecosystem science. Written by a group of experts, Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science covers major concepts of ecosystem science, biogeochemistry, and energetics.



Part I: Introduction
1. Introduction to Ecosystem Science

Part II: Ecological Energetics
2. Primary Production: The Foundation of Ecosystems
3. Secondary Production and Consumer Energetics
4. Organic Matter Decomposition

Part III: Biogeochemistry
5. Element Cycling
6. The Carbon Cycle
7. The Nitrogen Cycle
8. The Phosphorus Cycle

Part IV: Synthesis 
9. Revisiting the Ecosystem Concept: Important Features That Promote Generality and Understanding
10. Ecosystems in a Heterogeneous World
11. Controls on Ecosystem Structure and Function

Part V: Case Studies
12. From Global Environmental Change to Sustainability Science: Ecosystem Studies in the Yaqui Valley, Mexico
13. Ecology of Lyme Disease
14. Understanding Ecosystem Effects of Dams
15. Acid Rain
16. Streams and Their Valleys

Part VI: Frontiers
17. Frontiers in Ecosystem Science

Appendix: A Primer on Biologically Mediated Redox Reactions in Ecosystems

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