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Ecological Applications: Towards a Sustainable World

Handbook / Manual

By: Colin R Townsend

346 pages, 210 illus


Paperback | Jan 2008 | #164600 | ISBN-13: 9781405136983
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Ecological Applications presents a broad range of methods and techniques for managing environmental sustainability. This book examines ecological theory at the individual, populations, and community levels, and is an excellent resource for anyone looking to improve the health of their local ecosystems. It presents a broad range of methods and techniques for managing environmental sustainability. It focuses on ecological applications for sustainability including restoration, conservation, biosecurity, pest control, harvest management, and the design of reserves. It examines ecological theory at the individual, population and community levels. It considers economic and socio-political aspects.

I think this text will be extremely useful and popular with the students ...The overall tone of the book is lively, warmly humorous, engaging, and clear. Dr Anita Diaz, Bournemouth University" This new text ... provides information on the very topical subject of sustainability and further shows how ecological theories and techniques can be applied to conservation and management decisions ... I have been reorganizing my course to more closely follow the structure laid out in this book because I think it is a logical way to teach ecology." Dr Bethan Wood, University of Glasgow "I like the organization of the book ... I also like how Townsend has emphasized the applied aspects and placed the ecological basics in "boxes." Realistically, as Townsend states, if a student only takes one ecology course, it should be one that emphasizes applied ecology. What a great and long-overdue approach." Dr James Houpis, California State University, Chico "This is the first textbook that I have read with an organization that emphasizes the contemporary application of major conceptual paradigms in ecology ... This textbook provides all that is needed in teaching undergraduate students the essential relationship linking ecological theory with natural resource management." Dr Eric Dibble, Mississippi State University


1. Introduction - humans, nature and human nature
Part 1: Ecological applications at the level of individual organisms:
2. Ecological applications of niche theory
3. Life-history theory and management
4. Dispersal, migration and management
Part 2: Applications at the level of populations:
5. Conservation of endangered species
6. Pest management
7. Harvest management
Part 3: Applications at the level of communities and ecosystems:
8. Succession and management
9. Applications from food web and ecosystem theory
Part 4: Applications at the regional and global scales:
10. Landscape management
11. Dealing with global climate change

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Colin Townsend obtained his DPhil at Sussex before taking up teaching positions at Oxford University and the University of East Anglia. In 1989 he moved from the UK to New Zealand, where he was appointed Chair of Zoology at the University of Otago; he is now Director of the Ecology, Conservation and Biodiversity Research Group at Otago.

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