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2nd Edition

Hrsg. v. Brian Fath


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Elsevier Science

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Encyclopedia of Ecology, Second Edition continues the acclaimed work of the previous edition published in 2008. It covers all scales of biological organization, from organisms, to populations, to communities and ecosystems. Laboratory, field, simulation modelling, and theoretical approaches are presented to show how living systems sustain structure and function in space and time. New areas of focus include micro- and macro scales, molecular and genetic ecology, and global ecology (e.g., climate change, earth transformations, ecosystem services, and the food-water-energy nexus) are included. In addition, new, international experts in ecology contribute on a variety of topics.

Key Features

  • Offers the most broad-ranging and comprehensive resource available in the field of ecology
  • Provides foundational content and suggests further reading
  • Incorporates the expertise of over 500 outstanding investigators in the field of ecology, including top young scientists with both research and teaching experience
  • Includes multimedia resources, such as an Interactive Map Viewer and links to a CSDMS (Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System), an open-source platform for modelers to share and link models dealing with earth system processes


Upper-undergraduate and graduate students looking for introduction to a broad array of topics in ecology, as well as professionals looking for a refresher on this material. These primarily include researchers in environmental and life sciences. Furthermore, this work will be of interest to applied practitioners (scientists and non-scientists) working in environmental management. More and more professions deal with the effective management of ecological resources such as climate impacts, conservation, food production, water and air quality, etc. This work will serve the purpose of providing them with sufficient knowledge of ecological sciences to effectively support their decisions

The Encyclopedia of Ecology, Second Edition is a comprehensive reference work that will provide broad-ranging, well-balanced, and up-to-date articles on all the major topics in ecology. Entries will be authored by international experts. This compilation is at a level that allows undergraduate students to understand the material, while providing active researchers with an excellent summary of current ideas and practices in ecology.

The aim of this work is to compile and summarize the current and foundational concepts in ecology. Ecology is the study of the interactions of living systems and their environments. It covers all scales of biological organization from organisms to population to communities to ecosystems. It utilizes laboratory, field, simulation modelling, and theoretical approaches to understand how living systems sustain structure and function in space and time. More and more, ecological principles are applied to inform human, social, and even economic problems. The science underpins our knowledge of sustainability and has immediate and relevant impacts for the ecological and environmental issues confronting humanity today. The entries will be listed alphabetically, however conceptually they cover the following areas:

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Conservation Ecology
  • Ecological Complexity and Informatics
  • Ecological Data Analysis and Modelling
  • Ecological Processes
  • Ecosystems
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • General Ecology
  • Global Change Ecology
  • Human Ecology and Sustainability
  • Landscape and Terrestrial Ecology

The work will publish both as a major reference work entitled Encyclopedia of Ecology, Second Edition and as an integral component of Elsevier's Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. The reference module is a modular work which permits the publication of individual articles. In this way the constituent major reference work articles can be published as soon as they are available rather than waiting for the complete work to be received. Once articles are ingested into the reference module, they are available to the subscribers to that work. Once all of the articles for the major reference work have been finalized, they will publish as Encyclopedia of Ecology, Second Edition.

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