First Published in 2004. Written by one of the most highly regarded U.S. ecologists, this book presents basic ecological principles in a series of vignettes, illustrated by cartoons and simple diagrams, covering such subjects as growth, energy, ecological change, diversity, economics and technology, among others. Drawing upon essays written during a forty-year career as a teacher, research and ecologist, this volume about environmental literacy is written for the general reader and understandable at any level from grade school to senior citizen.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 What WE Learn From Ecology About Growth; Chapter 2 What We Learn From Ecology About Energy; Chapter 3 What We Learn From Ecology About Organization; Chapter 4 What We Learn From Ecology About Change; Chapter 5 What We Learn From Ecology About Behavior; Chapter 6 What We Learn From Ecology About Diversity; Chapter 7 Human Ecology; Chapter 8 Bottom Lines; Part I Essays and Commentaries for Further Reading; essay1 Harmony Between Man and Nature, Eugene P.Odum; essay2 Optimum Population and Environment: A Georgian Microcosm, Eugene P.Odum; essay3 The World's Most Polymorphic Species: Carrying Capacity Transgressed Two Ways, William R.Cotton Jr; essay4 How to Prosper in a World of Limited Resources: Lessons from Coral Reefs and Forests on Poor Soils, Eugene P.Odum; essay5 How Universities Should Grow, Eugene P.Odum; essay6 Energy: The Common Denominator, Eugene P.Odum; essay7 Production, Maintenance and Environmental Law, Eugene P.Odum; essay8 Ecosystem Management:A New Venture for Humankind, Eugene P.Odum; essay9 The Watershed as an Ecological Unit, Eugene P.Odum; essay10 Natural Areas as Necessary Components of Man's Total Environment, Eugene P.Odum, Howard T.Odum; essay11 Energy, Ecosystem Development,and Environmental Risk, Eugene P.Odum; essay12 The Transition from Youth to Maturity in Nature and Society, Eugene P.Odum; essay13 Reduced-Input Agriculture Reduces Nonpoint Pollution, Eugene P.Odum; essay14 When to Confront and When to Cooperate, Eugene P.Odum; essay15 The Search For The Evil Kingdom, Eugene P.Odum; essay16 Diversity in the Landscape: The Multilevel Approach, Eugene P.Odum; essay17 Diversity and the Survival of the Ecosystem, Eugene P.Odum; essay18 The Pricing System, Eugene P.Odum; essay19 Energy, Ecology, and Economics, Howard T.Odum; essay20 Prerequisites for Sustainability, Eugene P.Odum; essay21 Environmental Degradation and the Tyranny of Small Decisions, William E.Odum; essay22 Bridging the Four Major “Gaps” that Threaten Human and Environmental Quality, Eugene P.Odum; essay23 Biotechnology Presents a Challenge to the Campus, Eugene P.Odum; essay24 Source Reduction, Input Management, and Dual Capitalism, Eugene P.Odum; essay25 Earth Stewardship, Eugene P.Odum; essay26 Ecology: The Common-Sense Approach, Eugene P.Odum;
Eugene Odum is the Callaway Professor Emeritus of Ecology, Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Zoology and Director Emeritus of the Institute of Ecology at the University of Georgia in Athens.