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Highlighting both the achievements of the past and the challenges of the future, Ecology: Achievement and Challenge, first published in 2001, presents a review of the key ecological issues. Major topics are addressed in evolution and population biology; functional and community ecology; the ecology of changing environments; and the ecology of ecosystems, management and human impacts. It gives an account of key aspects of ecology and of its interfaces with related disciplines, such as genetics and economics. The international team of authors includes some of the most thoughtful ecologists of our time. Ecology: Achievement and Challenge will prove invaluable to both advanced students and researchers in ecology.
Part I. Evolution and Population Biology:
1. Genetics and ecology L. Partridge
2. Testing Antonovic's five tenets of ecological genetics: experiments with bacteria at the interface of ecology and genetics R. E. Lenski
3. Sociality and population dynamics T. H. Clutton-Brock
4. Studies of the reproduction, longevity and movements of individual animals I. Newton
Part II. Functional and Community Ecology:
5. Specificity, links and networks in the control of diversity in plant and microbial communities A. H. Fitter
6. Global change and the linkages between physiological ecology and ecosystem ecology J. R. Ehleringer, T. E. Cerling and L. B. Flanagan
7. Biodiversity, ecosystem processes and climate change J. H. Lawton
8. Plant functional types, communities and ecosystems J. P. Grime
9. Effects of diversity and composition on grassland stability and productivity D. Tilman
Part III. Ecology of Changing Environments:
10. Climate change and steady state in temperate hardwood forests M. B. Davis
11. Experimental plant ecology: some lessons from global change research Ch. Kørner
12. Keeping track of carbon flows between biosphere and atmosphere J. Grace, P. Meir and Y. Malhi
13. Climate and plants: present and future interactions F. I. Woodward
Part IV. Ecosystems, Management and Human Impacts:
14. Lost linkages and lotic ecology: rediscovering small streams J. L. Meyer and J. B. Wallace
15. Plant-mammal interactions: lessons for our understanding of nature and implications for biodiversity conservation R. Dirzo
16. Ecological economic theory for managing ecosystem services Roughgarden and P. R. Armsworth
17. Alternative states of ecosystems: evidence and some implications S. R. Carpenter
Part V. Concluding Remarks:
18. Concluding remarks J. H. Brown
Malcolm Press is Professor in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield. Nancy Huntly is at the Center for Ecological Research and Education at Idaho State University. Simon Levin is Moffett Professor of Biology at Princeton University.
"All ecology students in university should be acquainted with this text as a way of gaining an insight into changes in ecological research."
- TEG News, Dec 2001
"Many of the chapters are extremely well written – concise and clear – making them fine examples of good practice.[...] Proceedings of annual symposia of the British Ecological Society are a bookmark of high quality and this volume [...] is no exception."
- Folia Geobotanica, August 2003