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Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128127629

Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science

2nd Edition

Editors: Kathleen Weathers David Strayer Gene Likens
Paperback ISBN: 9780128127629
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 30th July 2021
Page Count: 362
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Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science, Second Edition provides a comprehensive introduction to modern ecosystem science covering land, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Ecosystem science is now applied to address a wide range of environmental problems. Written by a group of experts, this updated edition covers major concepts of ecosystem science, biogeochemistry, and energetics. Case studies of important environmental problems offer personal insights into how adopting an ecosystem approach has helped solve important intellectual and practical problems.

For those choosing to use the book in a classroom environment, or who want to enrich further their reading experience, teaching and learning assets are available at

Key Features

  • Covers both aquatic (freshwater and marine) and terrestrial ecosystems with updated information
  • Includes a new chapter on microbial biogeochemistry
  • Features vignettes throughout the book with real examples of how an ecosystem approach has led to important change in policy, management, and ecological understanding
  • Demonstrates the application of an ecosystem approach in synthesis chapters and case studies
  • Contains new coverage of human-environment interactions


Managers in ecology, environmental sciences and allied fields. Researchers in allied fields to ecology and environmental sciences like geochemistry, green chemistry, environmental chemistry, geomorphology, sustainability, global change, atmospheric science and conservation biology. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in ecology and environmental science

Table of Contents

Section 1: Introduction
1. Introduction

Section 2: Ecological Energetics
2. Primary Production
3. Secondary Production
4. Decomposition
5. Microbially Mediated Redox Reactions

Section 3: Biogeochemistry
6. Intro to Element Cycling
7. Carbon Cycle
8. Nitrogen Cycle
9. Phosphorus Cycle

Section 4: Synthesis
10. Revisiting the Ecosystem Concept: Important Features that Promote Generality and Understanding
11. Ecosystems in a heterogeneous world
12. Controls on ecosystem structure and function

Section 5: Case Studies
13. Streams and their valleys
14. Ecology of lyme disease
15. Understanding Ecosystem Effects of Dams
16. Acid Rain
17. Surprising ecosystem changes in the Naragannsett Bay
18. From global environmental change to sustainability science: Ecosystem studies in Yaqui Valley Mexico

Section 6: Frontiers
19. Ecosystem science: the continuing evolution of our discipline


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About the Editors

Kathleen Weathers

Kathleen Weathers

Dr. Kathleen C. Weathers is the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Chair in Ecology at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY, USA

David Strayer

David Strayer

Dr. David L. Strayer is a Distinguished Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY, USA

Gene Likens

Dr. Gene E. Likens is President Emeritus and Distinguished Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Connecticut, Storrs

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Senior Scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY, USA

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