Encyclopedia of the World’s Biomes

Encyclopedia of the World’s Biomes

1st Edition - June 18, 2020

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  • Editors-in-Chief: Michael Goldstein, Dominick DellaSala
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128160961
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128160978

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Encyclopedia of the World’s Biomes is a unique, five volume reference that provides a global synthesis of biomes, including the latest science. All of the book's chapters follow a common thematic order that spans biodiversity importance, principal anthropogenic stressors and trends, changing climatic conditions, and conservation strategies for maintaining biomes in an increasingly human-dominated world. This work is a one-stop shop that gives users access to up-to-date, informative articles that go deeper in content than any currently available publication.

Key Features

  • Offers students and researchers a one-stop shop for information currently only available in scattered or non-technical sources
  • Authored and edited by top scientists in the field
  • Concisely written to guide the reader though the topic
  • Includes meaningful illustrations and suggests further reading for those needing more specific information


Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in biological and environmental science; researchers in biogeography, biodiversity, conservation biology, marine and freshwater biology, climate change and human systems ecology. Environmental managers in governmental and nongovernmental organizations

Table of Contents

  • Volume 1
    Islands and Atolls - Life in and Surrounded by Water
    Mountains (Alpine Systems) - Life at the Top

    Volume 2
    Deserts - Life in the Extremes
    Ice Sheets and Polar Deserts - Ice of Life

    Volume 3
    Forests - Trees of Life
    Grasslands and Shrublands - Sea of Plants

    Volume 4
    Freshwater - Oasis of Life
    Oceans - One Blue Planet

    Volume 5
    Anthromes I - Carved up by Humanity
    Anthromes II - Sustainability in Concept and Practice

Product details

  • No. of pages: 3500
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2020
  • Published: June 18, 2020
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128160961
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128160978

About the Editors in Chief

Michael Goldstein

Michael Goldstein
Dr. Michael I. Goldstein is a planner and biologist for the US Forest Service in Juneau, Alaska. Mike has worked on many applied management issues across terrestrial and aquatic systems, addressing pesticides, dispersed recreation, development, timber harvest, and other forms of resource extraction. Mike was a principal architect and editor of Elsevier’s major reference work “Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences," served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene and Co-Editor of the Anthropocene’s Climate Change volume, served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of the World's Biomes and Editor of the Biomes section on Islands and Atolls. In his spare time, Mike coaches skiing, enjoys fishing, camping in remote places, and teaching his three children the joys of life.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal, Surfbird Consulting

Dominick DellaSala

Dominick DellaSala
Dominick DellaSala, Ph. D, is Chief Scientist of Wild Heritage, a project of the Earth Island Institute, and former President of the Society for Conservation Biology, North America. He is an internationally renowned scholar of over 200 publications on forest ecology, endangered species, conservation biology, and climate change. Dominick has given keynote talks ranging from academic conferences to the United Nations Earth Summit. He has been featured in hundreds of news stories and documentaries, testified in the US congress numerous times, and received conservation leadership and book writing awards. He is on the editorial board of Elsevier’s Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, co-chief editor of Elsevier’s Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene, The World’s Biomes, and Encyclopedia of Conservation; Co-editor the Ecological Importance of Mixed Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix (Elsevier), editor and author of the award winning Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World: Ecology and Conservation; and subject editor of several scientific journals. He is driven by a passion to save life on Earth for his daughters, grandkids, and future generations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief Scientist, Wild Heritage, a project of the Earth Island Institute

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