This book explains ways that ecological science can be applied to
solving some of the most crucial problems facing our world today. A
major theme is how resources can be effectively managed and
exploited in as near a sustainable manner as possible. The author
draws together, in a single volume, major topics in environmental
and resource management that have traditionally been dispersed
among several different books. "Applied Ecology" starts with an
analysis of our planet's basic natural resources - energy, water
and soil; it moves on to the management of biological resources -
fish, grazing lands and forests, and then to pest control and
pollution. Finally, the book tackles conservation and management of
wild species and the restoration of ecological communities.
The second edition of this text has been radically redesigned
and rewritten. Each chapter starts with a list of questions,
setting out the various fundamental problems to be considered.
Interwoven with these practical problems is a clear explanation of
the underlying basic science - ecology - studied at scales ranging
from global, landscape and ecosystem, down to the population and
individual (and even their physiology and genetics). The science is
illustrated by examples from every major geographic area of the
This book is aimed primarily at undergraduate students taking
courses in applied ecology, environmental science, environmental
management and natural resources management. The author has
extensive experience as a university teacher. Like his lectures,
this book is scientifically rigorous yet clear and easy to
Draws together major topics in environmental and resource
management, usually dispersed over many separate books.
Questions, summaries and clearly structured chapters enhance
Emphasis on clarity and accessibility.
Based on a proven and successful course.
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