Fundamentals of Soil Ecology

Fundamentals of Soil Ecology

2nd Edition - July 19, 2004

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  • Authors: David Coleman, D. Crossley, Jr.
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080472812

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This fully revised and expanded edition of Fundamentals of Soil Ecology continues its holistic approach to soil biology and ecosystem function. Students and ecosystem researchers will gain a greater understanding of the central roles that soils play in ecosystem development and function. The authors emphasize the increasing importance of soils as the organizing center for all terrestrial ecosystems and provide an overview of theory and practice of soil ecology, both from an ecosystem and evolutionary biology point of view. This volume contains updated and greatly expanded coverage of all belowground biota (roots, microbes and fauna) and methods to identify and determine its distribution and abundance. New chapters are provided on soil biodiversity and its relationship to ecosystem processes, suggested laboratory and field methods to measure biota and their activities in ecosystems..

Key Features

  • Contains over 60% new material and 150 more pages
  • Includes new chapters on soil biodiversity and its relationship to ecosystem function
  • Outlines suggested laboratory and field methods
  • Incorporates new pedagogical features
  • Combines theoretical and practical approaches


Soil scientists, agricultural scientists, crop scientists, ecologists, microbiologists and invertebrate zoologists. Faculty, researchers, graduate students and undergraduates interested in these and related disciplines. Libraries at institutions with strong programs in these and related areas.

Courses: Soil Ecology, Conservation Biology, Forest Soils
Departments: Ecology, Crop and Soil Science, Biological Sciences

Table of Contents

  • Preface to First Edition
    Preface to Second Edition
    1 Historical Overview of Soils and the Fitness of the Soil Environment
    2 Primary Production Processes in Soils: Roots and Rhizosphere Associates
    3 Secondary Production: Activities and Functions of Heterotrophic Organisms--Microbes
    4 Secondary Production: Activities and Functions of Heterotrophic Organisms--The Soil Fauna
    5 Decomposition and Nutrient Cycling
    6 Soil Foodwebs: Detritivory and Microbivory in Soils
    7 Soil Biodiversity, and Linkages to Soil Processes
    8 Future Developments in Soil Ecology
    9 Laboratory and Field Exercises in Soil Ecology

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2004
  • Published: July 19, 2004
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080472812

About the Authors

David Coleman

David C. Coleman has been a lifelong soil ecologist with interests in soil biodiversity and biogeochemical cycling. He conducted research at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory of the University of Georgia (1965-1971), and the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University (1972-1985). While there, he also progressed through the ranks from Assistant to Associate and Full Professor of Zoology and Entomology at CSU. From 1985 he has been a Distinguished Research Professor of Ecology in the Institute of Ecology and later the Odum School of Ecology of the University of Georgia. He has been Professor Emeritus since 2005. During the academic year of 1979-1980, Coleman was visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) Institute of Nuclear Sciences and Soil Bureau in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. David received the Distinguished Service award from the Soil Ecology Society in 1999 and the Distinguished Ecosystem Scientist award from the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory in 2002. He served on several advisory panels on Ecology and Ecosystems with the National Science Foundation and on an advisory panel on Alternative Agriculture for the National Research Council. His research has concentrated on microbial-faunal interactions in detrital food webs in agroecosystems, e.g, Horseshoe Bend, near Athens, and in forested watersheds at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in western North Carolina, as part of the Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) study. From 1996-2002 he was co-lead PI on the Coweeta LTER project. He was also a McMaster Visiting Research Fellow at CSIRO, Adelaide, South Australia, January-April 2006. David served as co-Chief Editor of Soil Biology and Biochemistry from 1998 to 2010 and serves as its Review Editor currently. He serves on editorial boards of several other soil biology journals. He has published over 300 refereed journal articles and books and is senior author of Fundamentals of Soil Ecology (second edition, 2004), and the author of Big Ecology: The Emergence of Ecosystem Science (2010).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

D. Crossley, Jr.

Dac Crossley is a Professor Emeritus of Ecology at the Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, USA. He served as Director the Graduate Program in Ecology, at the Institute of Ecology at UGA since its inception. He was Principal Investigator of the Coweeta Long-Term Ecological Research site in North Carolina. He has served as editor and reviewer of numerous ecological and entomological journals. He currently serves as an associate curator at the Georgia Museum of Natural History where he curates the soil mite collection.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

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