Fundamental Processes in Ecology: An Earth Systems Approach (Paperback)David M. Wilkinson (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 196
Weight: 314 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 10 mm
Wilkinson has succeeded in writing an extraordinarily readable and accessible book that examines some of the very basic questions underlying ecology in its widest sense. There are relatively few books that encourage the reader to shake free from the shackles of conventional thinking and move along new and illuminating paths. Wilkinson has achieved this, and his book deserves to be read, assimilated, and argued over by all those interested in ecology, from undergraduates to senior academics. * British Ecological Society Bulletin, May 2006. *
In this lucidly written book, Dave Wilkinson introduces the ecological building blocks needed for life to thrive on a planet and explains how a self-regulating 'Gaia' system can emerge from them. * Tim Lenton *
This is a broad and wide ranging yet scrupulously scientific book on ecology. It is just what is needed for the understanding of the fast unfolding disaster of global climate change. I unhesitatingly recommend it to all concerned biologists and climate scientists. * James Lovelock *
Fundamental Processes in Ecology is an intriguing but iconoclastic introduction...[it] provides a novel and thought-provoking organizational framework for ecology... * TRENDS in Ecology and Evolution, March 2007, J.A. Jones *
The unconventional theoretical perspective of this clearly written, concise volume will shed fresh light on areas of one's own interest. Readers will find his or her own surprises and illuminations. For me, the exclamation point was Wilkinson's list of fundamental guilds: autotrophs, decomposers, and parasites. * Joel E. Cohen, Rockefeller University and Columbia University, New York, New York. The Quarterly Review of Biology, Volume 82, No.2, June 2007 *
Wilkinson does a fine job explaining fundamental ecological processes such as energy flow, multiple guilds, carbon sequestration, etc... * Journal of Sedimentary Research, David Wilkins, Boise State University, USA *
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