Unsolved Problems in Ecology brings together many of the world's leading ecologists to discuss the most fundamental research questions confronting the field today. This diverse and thought-provoking collection of essays spans virtually all of the key subfields of the discipline, from behavioural and evolutionary ecology to population biology, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, disease ecology, and conservation biology. These essays are intended to stoke curiosity, challenge prevailing wisdom, and provoke new ways of thinking about ecology in light of new technologies and unprecedented environmental challenges brought on by climate and land-use change. Authoritative and accessible, Unsolved Problems in Ecology is ideal for graduate students in the early stages of their scientific careers and an essential resource for seasoned ecologists looking for exciting new directions to take their research.
Andrew Dobson is professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University. His books include Conservation and Biodiversity. Robert D. Holt is Eminent Scholar and Arthur R. Marshall, Jr., Chair in Ecological Studies at the University of Florida. His books include Metacommunities. David Tilman is Regents Professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in Ecology at the University of Minnesota. His books include The Functional Consequences of Biodiversity (Princeton).
"Unsolved Problems in Ecology is a compendium loaded with insights from contributors who range from rising stars to well-known midcareer scientists to famous senior ecologists. I can hardly imagine a more relevant or exciting volume for ecologists of any stripe."
– James A. Estes, University of California, Santa Cruz
"I really enjoyed reading Unsolved Problems in Ecology. This collection of essays got me thinking about some new topics and reflecting on some long-held assumptions with a different perspective."
– Georgina Mace, University College London