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Foundations of Ecology II

Classic Papers with Commentaries

A sweeping overview of key advances in the field of ecology over the latter half of the twentieth century.
 
For three decades, Foundations of Ecology, edited by Leslie A. Real and James H. Brown, has served as an essential primer for graduate students and practicing ecologists, giving them access to the classic papers that laid the foundations of modern ecology alongside commentaries by noted ecologists. Ecology has continued to evolve, and ecologists Joseph Travis and Thomas Miller offer here a freshly edited guide for a new generation of researchers. The period of 1970 to 1995 was a time of tremendous change in all areas of this discipline—from an increased rigor for experimental design and analysis and the reevaluation of paradigms to new models for understanding, to theoretical advances. Foundations of Ecology II includes facsimiles of forty-six papers from this period alongside expert commentaries that discuss a total of fifty-three key studies, addressing topics of diversity, predation, complexity, competition, coexistence, extinction, productivity, resources, distribution, and abundance. The result is more than a catalog of historic firsts; this book offers diverse perspectives on the foundational papers that led to today’s ecological work.

920 pages | 1 halftones | 6 x 9

Biological Sciences: Conservation, Ecology

Earth Sciences: Environment

Reviews

“The ecological literature has grown explosively in the past few decades. Having a compilation of papers that experts consider most significant is highly valuable, particularly for students less familiar with the field. The editorial commentaries, which thoughtfully lay out the historical development of subfields of ecology, will be appreciated by an even broader readership. As a whole, Foundations of Ecology II is a worthy extension of the now-classic first volume.”

Judith L. Bronstein, University of Arizona

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