A New Ecology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444531605, 9780080497396

A New Ecology

1st Edition

Systems Perspective

Authors: Sven Erik Jørgensen Brian Fath Simone Bastianoni Joao Marques Felix Muller S. Nors Nielsen Bernard Patten Enzo Tiezzi Robert Ulanowicz
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444531605
eBook ISBN: 9780080497396
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 16th May 2007
Page Count: 288
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Description

A New Ecology presents an ecosystem theory based on the following ecosystem properties: physical openness, ontic openness, directionality, connectivity, a complex dynamic for growth and development, and a complex dynamic response to disturbances. Each of these properties is developed in detail to show that these basic and characteristic properties can be applied to explain a wide spectrum of ecological obsevations and convections. It is also shown that the properties have application for environmental management and for assessment of ecosystem health.

Key Features

  • Demonstrates an ecosystem theory that can be applied to explain ecological observations and rules
  • Presents an ecosystem theory based upon a systems approach
  • Discusses an ecosystem theory that is based on a few basic properties that are characteristic for ecosystmes

Readership

Researchers of ecology and biodiversity, as well as agencies tasked with environmental management and sustainability

Table of Contents

Preface.
1. Introduction.
2. Ecosystems have openness (thermodynamic).
3. Ecosystems have ontic openness.
4. Ecosystems have directionality.
5. Ecosystems have connectivity.
6. Ecosystems have complex dynamics (growth).
7. Ecosystems have complex dynamics (disturbances).
8. Ecosystems have broad explanatory power in ecology.
9. Ecosystem principles have applications.
10. Conclusions and final remarks.
References.
Index.

Details

No. of pages:
288
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Elsevier Science 2007
Published:
16th May 2007
Imprint:
Elsevier Science
Hardcover ISBN:
9780444531605
eBook ISBN:
9780080497396

About the Author

Sven Erik Jørgensen

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Danish School of Pharmacy, Copenhagen, Denmark

Brian Fath

Brian D. Fath is Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University (Maryland, USA) and Senior Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria). He has published over 180 research papers, reports, and book chapters on environmental systems modeling, specifically in the areas of network analysis, resilience, and sustainability. He co-authored the books Foundations for Sustainability: A Coherent Framework of Life–Environment Relations (2018) and Flourishing Within Limits to Growth: Following nature’s way (2015). He is also Editor-in-Chief for the journal Ecological Modelling. Dr. Fath was the 2016 recipient of the Prigogine Medal for outstanding work in systems ecology, and held a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Parthenope University (Naples, Italy) in 2012.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Towson University, MD, USA Senior Research Scholar, Advanced Systems Analysis Program, IIASA, Austria

Simone Bastianoni

Simone Bastianoni is a Full Professor of Environmental and Cultural Heritage Chemistry at the University of Siena, is Chair of the PhD School in Environmental, Geological and Polar Sciences. He is President of the Emergy Society; Member of the Standard Committee of the Global Footprint Network; Specialty Chief Editor of the journal Frontiers in Energy Systems and Policy and Editor of the section Human Ecology and Sustainability of the Encyclopedia of Ecology. He leads the Sustainable Development Solutions Network team at the University of Siena and the sustainability indicators team for the PRIMA Programme.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Siena, Italy

Joao Marques

Born in 1957 (Lisbon, Portugal), PhD in Ecology (University of Coimbra, Portugal) in 1989. As marine and estuarine ecologist, he has worked on biological and ecological processes, systems ecology, and ecological modelling. He coordinated 24 large research projects, both funded by Portuguese Agencies and European Union Programs, playing a key role in creating new research infrastructures at Portuguese national level. Thus far, he has authored or co-authored approximately 300 scientific papers in international refereed journals, 6 books, and 17 book chapters (international editions), having supervised the research work of 51 MSc and 32 PhD students, and 17 Post-Doc Researchers, in Portugal and abroad (Europe and South America). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Ecological Indicators Journal – Elsevier since 2016. In 2017 he was laureate Prigogine Gold Medal for his work in the field of Systems Ecology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre (MARE), Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Felix Muller

Felix Müller has studied Biology and Geography. His PhD thesis about soil-geographical investigations on the fate of pesticides in ecosystems was published in 1987. FM was coordinator of the long-term project “Ecosystem Research in the Bornhöved Lakes District” and has worked in more than 25 research projects. Since 2010 FM has been affiliated as leader of the Department Ecosystem Management at the Institute for Natural Resource Conservation of Kiel University. The main recent research interests are ecosystem analysis, modeling, ecosystem services, ecosystem theories, and indicator applications at the landscape scale. FM has been editor of more than 20 books and has published more than 130 scientific papers. He was editor-in chief of the journal “Ecological Indicators” and board member of several journals. FM was the president of the German chapter of the International Association of Landscape Ecology and Secretary of the German Chapter of the International Long-Term-Ecological Research Program.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Kiel, Germany

S. Nors Nielsen

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Danish School of Pharmacy, Copenhagen, Denmark

Bernard Patten

Bernard C. Patten is Emeritus Regents' Professor of Ecology at the University of Georgia, USA. He is a systems ecologist and ecological modeler, interested in the application of mathematical system theory to ecosystems. He and his colleagues have formulated an environmental system theory, environ theory and analysis, that pioneers the application of network mathematics to ecological networks such as food webs and biogeochemical cycles. He has been a distinguished visiting professor, and has lectured and conducted short courses nationally and internationally. His research publications include 215 papers and nine books on topics spanning marine, freshwater and wetland ecosystems. His edited works include the four-volume series Systems Analysis and Simulation in Ecology (1972-76, Academic Press), two volumes on Wetlands and Shallow Continental Water Bodies (1990, 1994; SPB Academic), and Complex Ecology: The Part–Whole Relation in Ecosystems (1995, Prentice Hall). A multivolume monograph, Holoecology, The Unification of Nature by Network Indirect Effects, is currently in preparation.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Georgia, Athens, USA

Enzo Tiezzi

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Siena, Italy

Robert Ulanowicz

Affiliations and Expertise

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Solomons, Maryland, USA

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