Urban ecosystems : ecological principles for the built environment [E-Book] / Frederick R. Adler, Department of Mathematics and Department of Biology, University of Utah, Colby J. Tanner, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne
Adler, Frederick R., (author)
Tanner, Colby J., (author)
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013
1 online resource (ix, 345 pages)
englisch
9780521746137
9780511981050
9780521769846
Full Text
As humans have come to dominate the earth, the ideal of studying and teaching ecology in pristine ecosystems has become impossible to achieve. Our planet is now a mosaic of ecosystems ranging from the relatively undisturbed to the completely built, with the majority of people living in urban environments. This accessible introduction to the principles of urban ecology provides students with the tools they need to understand these increasingly important urban ecosystems. It builds upon the themes of habitat modification and resource use to demonstrate how multiple ecological processes interact in cities and how human activity initiates chains of unpredictable unintended ecological consequences. Broad principles are supported throughout by detailed examples from around the world and a comprehensive list of readings from the primary literature. Questions, exercises and laboratories at the end of each chapter encourage discussion, hands-on study, active learning, and engagement with the world outside the classroom window.