In 110 articles, this title considers how organizations of the same species interact with each other, how organisms of different species in the same space interact, and how multiple communities interact to make up an ecosystem, information crucial in understanding how biodiversity affects ecological function.
This new resource introduces students and researchers to the fundamentals of ecology using easy-to-understand language for a solid background and a deeper understanding and appreciation of this important and evolving subject. All of the 110 entries included in the volume are arranged in an A to Z order, making it easy to find the topic of interest.
Entries related to basic principles and concepts include the following:
Fields of Study related to the topic;
Principal Terms and definitions;
A Summary that provides brief, concrete summary of the topic and how the entry is organized;
Text that gives an explanation of the background and significance of the topic to modern agriculture by describing developments such as Bacterial resistance; Brownfields; Carrying capacity; Deep ecology; Geoengineering, and Superfund legislations;
Illustrations and tables that clarify difficult concepts via models, diagrams, and charts of such key topics as the Glacial melting, Greenhouse gas emissions; Groundwater pollutions, and hazardous wastes; and
Further Reading lists that relate to the entry.
This reference work begins with a comprehensive introduction to climatology, written by volume editor Jennifer Heath.
The book includes helpful appendixes as another valuable resource, including the following:
- Timeline of American Environmentalism, tracing the field back to the limits and restrictions on cutting timber and hunting to the current administration’s proposed cuts to environmental programs
- Key Figures in the areas of ecology and environmentalism, offering biographical information and a brief description of their contributions
- U.S. federal laws concerning the environment
- Directory of U.S. National Parks
- Major world national parks and protected areas
- Environmental organizations
- Subject Index
Principles of Ecology, as well as other titles in the Principles of Science series, provides high-school students and undergraduates with a solid foundation to the study of popular fields of science. Readers can use the entries as a solid starting off point to develop a thorough understanding of this complex subject matter.