All Shops

Go to British Wildlife

6 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published six times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £25 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £18 per year
Academic & Professional Books  Ecology  Ecological Theory & Practice

Maximum Entropy and Ecology A Theory of Abundance, Distribution, and Energetics

By: John Harte(Author)
280 pages, 60 b/w illustrations
Maximum Entropy and Ecology
Click to have a closer look
Select version
  • Maximum Entropy and Ecology ISBN: 9780199593422 Paperback Jun 2011 Usually dispatched within 5 days
    £48.49
    #189762
  • Maximum Entropy and Ecology ISBN: 9780199593415 Hardback Apr 2015 Usually dispatched within 5 days
    £91.99
    #189763
Selected version: £48.49
About this book Contents Customer reviews Biography Related titles

About this book

This pioneering graduate textbook provides readers with the concepts and practical tools required to understand the maximum entropy principle, and apply it to an understanding of ecological patterns. Rather than building and combining mechanistic models of ecosystems, the approach is grounded in information theory and the logic of inference. Paralleling the derivation of thermodynamics from the maximum entropy principle, the state variable theory of ecology developed in this book predicts realistic forms for all metrics of ecology that describe patterns in the distribution, abundance, and energetics of species over multiple spatial scales, a wide range of habitats, and diverse taxonomic groups.

The first part of the book is foundational, discussing the nature of theory, the relationship of ecology to other sciences, and the concept of the logic of inference. Subsequent sections present the fundamentals of macroecology and of maximum information entropy, starting from first principles. The core of the book integrates these fundamental principles, leading to the derivation and testing of the predictions of the maximum entropy theory of ecology (METE). A final section broadens the book's perspective by showing how METE can help clarify several major issues in conservation biology, placing it in context with other theories and highlighting avenues for future research.

Contents

Preface

PART I. Foundations
1: The Nature of Theory
2: The Logic of Inference

PART II. Macroecology
3: Scaling Metrics and Macroecology
4: Overview of Macroecological Models and Theories

PART III. The Maximum Entropy Principle
5: Entropy, Information, and the Concept of Maximum Entropy
6: MaxEnt at work

PART IV. Macroecology and MaxEnt
7: The Maximum Entropy Theory of Ecology (METE)
8: Testing METE

PART V. A Wider Perspective
9: Applications to Conservation
10: Connections to other theories
11: Future Directions
Epilogue: Is a Comprehensive Unified Theory of Ecology possible? What might it look like?

Appendix A. Access to plant census data from a serpentine grassland
Appendix B. A fractal model
Appendix C. Predicting the SAR: An alternative approach

References
Index

Customer Reviews

Biography

John Harte is a Professor of Ecosystem Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. Following undergraduate studies at Harvard and a doctoral degree in Physics from the University of Wisconsin, he was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at CERN, Geneva and an Assistant Professor of Physics at Yale. His research interests include climate-ecosystem interactions, theoretical ecology, and environmental policy. He is the recipient of a Pew Scholars Prize in Conservation and the Environment, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2001 Leo Szilard prize from the American Physical Society, the 2004 UC Berkeley Graduate Mentorship Award, a Miller Professorship, and is a co-recipient of the 2006 George Polk award in journalism. He is an elected Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society. He has also served on six National Academy of Sciences Committees and has authored over 190 scientific publications, including seven books.

By: John Harte(Author)
280 pages, 60 b/w illustrations
Media reviews

"All those new to research, regardless of discipline, would do well to read at least the first part of this book and there is plenty other material to help understand 'how to do research'. There is plenty for physicists to enjoy and think about at a casual level without the need to commit to finding out a huge amount about ecology. It was a pleasure to review this book."
– Colin Axon, Physics Energy Group Newsletter

Current promotions
Best of Winter 2018Harper CollinsOrder your free copy of our 2018 equipment catalogueBritish Wildlife