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A Primer on Stable Isotopes in Ecology

By: M Francesca Cotrufo(Author), Yamina Pressler(Author)
112 pages, 41 b/w photos and b/w illustrations
A Primer on Stable Isotopes in Ecology
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  • A Primer on Stable Isotopes in Ecology ISBN: 9780198854494 Hardback Sep 2023 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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In the past few decades, the field of ecology has made huge advancements thanks to stable isotopes. Ecologists need to understand the principles of stable isotopes to fully appreciate many studies in their discipline. Ecologists also need to be aware of isotopic approaches to enrich their "toolbox" for further advancing the discipline. A Primer on Stable Isotopes in Ecology is a concise and foundational resource for anyone interested in acquiring theoretical and practical knowledge for the application of stable isotopes in ecology.

Readers will gain a more in-depth and complete knowledge of stable isotopes and explore isotopic methods used in ecological research, learning about stable isotope definitions, measurement, ecological processes, and applications in research. Chapters include in-depth descriptions of stable isotopes and their notation, isotope fractionation, isotope mixing, heavy isotope enrichment, and quantification methods by mass spectrometry and laser spectroscopy.

The text guides readers to think "isotopically" to better understand research conducted using stable isotopes. The book also provides basic practical skills and activities to apply stable isotope methods in ecological research. It includes 5 activities through which readers can apply their knowledge to real-world problems and improve their skills for interpreting and using stable isotopes in ecological research. This book is designed for students and scientists from different backgrounds who share the common interest in stable isotopes.


1. Stable isotopes as a tool for ecologists
2. Stable isotopes, notations, and standards
3. Isotopic fractionation
4. Isotope mixing
5. Heavy isotope enrichments
6. Measuring stable isotopes

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M. Francesca Cotrufo was born in Naples, Italy in 1968. She is a Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University, where she runs the Soil Innovation Lab. She earned her B.Sc. from the University of Naples, Italy and her PhD from Lancaster University, UK. Prior to joining CSU in 2008, she worked as a professor at the University of Campania, Italy. Dr Cotrufo is a soil ecologist and biogeochemist, internationally recognized for her work in the field of litter decomposition and soil organic matter dynamics, and in the use of isotopic methodologies in these studies.

Yamina Pressler is a soil scientist, ecologist, and educator. She is an Assistant Professor of Soil Science and Restoration Ecology at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she leads the Coastal Soil Horizons and Ecology Lab. Dr Pressler received her PhD in Ecology from Colorado State University and a B.S. in Environmental Management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Texas A&M University prior to returning to Cal Poly as a faculty member in 2019.

By: M Francesca Cotrufo(Author), Yamina Pressler(Author)
112 pages, 41 b/w photos and b/w illustrations
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