The Ecology of Place

With so few ecologists and so many systems to study, generalizations are essential. But how do you extrapolate knowledge about a well-studied area and apply it elsewhere?

The Ecology of Place

The Ecology of Place

Ecologists can spend a lifetime researching a small patch of the earth, studying the interactions between organisms and the environment, and exploring the roles those interactions play in determining distribution, abundance, and evolutionary change. With so few ecologists and so many systems to study, generalizations are essential. But how do you extrapolate knowledge about a well-studied area and apply it elsewhere? Through a range of original essays written by eminent ecologists and naturalists, The Ecology of Place explores how place-focused research yields exportable general knowledge as well as practical local knowledge, and how society can facilitate ecological understanding by investing in field sites, place-centered databases, interdisciplinary collaborations, and field-oriented education programs that emphasize natural history. This unique patchwork of case-study narratives, philosophical musings, and historical analyses is tied together with commentaries from editors Ian Billick and Mary Price that develop and synthesize common threads. The result is a unique volume rich with all-too-rare insights into how science is actually done, as told by scientists themselves.

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The Ecology of Place
Language: en
Pages: 480
Authors: Ian Billick, Mary V. Price
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-08-01 - Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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The Ecology of Place
Language: en
Pages: 278
Authors: Timothy Beatley, Kristy Manning
Categories: Architecture
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-04-22 - Publisher: Island Press

Current patterns of land use and development are at once socially, economically, and environmentally destructive. Sprawling low-density development literally devours natural landscapes while breeding a pervasive sense of social isolation and exacerbating a vast array of economic problems. As more and more counties begin to look more and more the
Science and Sensibility
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Michael Vincent McGinnis
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-03-22 - Publisher: Univ of California Press

If humans are to understand and discover ways of addressing complex social and ecological problems, we first need to find intimacy with our particular places and communities. Cultivating a relationship to place often includes a negotiating process that involves both science and sensibility. While science is one key part of
Nested Ecology
Language: en
Pages: 245
Authors: Edward T. Wimberley
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-05-29 - Publisher: JHU Press

Nested Ecology provides a pragmatic and functional approach to realizing a sustainable environmental ethic. Edward T. Wimberley asserts that a practical ecological ethic must focus on human decision making within the context of larger social and environmental systems. Think of a set of mixing bowls, in which smaller bowls sit
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Language: en
Pages: 106
Authors: David B. Zandvliet
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-07-25 - Publisher: Springer

Education researchers worldwide face a basic question: Is their purpose to use people to develop knowledge, or use knowledge to develop people This book offers an exploration to this fundamental question by examining what three core disciplines – ecology, economics, and ecumenism – have in common. These disciplines have roots

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