Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science

Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science

2nd Edition - July 23, 2021

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  • Editors: Kathleen Weathers, David Strayer, Gene Likens
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128127629
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128127636

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Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science, Second Edition provides a comprehensive introduction to modern ecosystem science covering land, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Featuring full color images to support learning and 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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 358
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: July 23, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128127629
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128127636

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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  • Leonard B. Sat Oct 15 2022

    Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science

    I use this book as a text for the first half of my class on Ecosystem Function and Management, Wildlife Science 6391, a Ph.D.-level class for graduate students at Texas A&M University - Kingsville. This is an excellent text that the graduate students in my class enjoyed reading and discussing. It is a landmark volume that does an excellent job explaining how ecosystems function across scales in space and time.