Ecosystems introduces the basic concepts and processes in the ecosystem and explores its role in solving environmental problems. Examining the development of the ecosystem concept, the book explains how ecosystems function and analyzes the complex interactions between life and its physical environment. Presenting examples from all parts of the world within lively case studies and illustrations, Ecosystems focuses on 'real world' problems and topical and controversial issues, particularly on human impacts on the natural environment, and the consequences of environmental change.
Gordon Dickinson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geographical and Earth Sciences. Kevin Murphy is Senior Lecturer in the Division of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, Faculty of Biomedical and Life Sciences, both at the University of Glasgow.
'Ecosystems makes for excellent reading. It would be extremely useful for students of biogeography and environmental management.' - Geography
'Ecosystems provides a comprehensive introduction to the understanding of the concept of the ecosystem and its unifying position between ecology and environmenal science ... an apposite text for students in tertiary education.' - Environmental Education and Information