Managing Biological and Ecological Systems: 2nd Edition (Hardback) book cover

Managing Biological and Ecological Systems

2nd Edition

Edited by Brian D. Fath, Sven Erik Jorgensen

CRC Press

442 pages | 44 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9781138342644
pub: 2020-07-06
SAVE ~$32.00
Available for pre-order. Item will ship after 6th July 2020

FREE Standard Shipping!


Bringing together a wealth of knowledge, Environmental Management Handbook, Second Edition, gives a comprehensive overview of environmental problems, their sources, their assessment, and their solutions. Through in-depth entries and a topical table of contents, readers will quickly find answers to questions about environmental problems and their corresponding management issues. This six-volume set is a reimagining of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Environmental Management, published in 2013, and features insights from more than 400 contributors, all experts in their field.

The experience, evidence, methods, and models used in studying environmental management are presented here in six stand-alone volumes, arranged along the major environmental systems.


  • The first handbook that demonstrates the key processes and provisions for enhancing environmental management
  • Addresses new and cutting-edge topics on ecosystem services, resilience, sustainability, food–energy–water nexus, socio-ecological systems, and more
  • Provides an excellent basic knowledge on environmental systems, explains how these systems function, and offers strategies on how to best manage them
  • Includes the most important problems and solutions facing environmental management today.

In this second volume, Managing Biological and Ecological Systems, the reader is introduced to the general concepts and processes of the biosphere and all its systems. This volume explains how these systems function and provides strategies on how to best manage them. It serves as an excellent resource for finding basic knowledge on the biosphere and ecological systems and includes important problems and solutions that environmental managers face today. This book practically demonstrates the key processes, methods, and models used in studying environmental management.

Table of Contents

Animals: Sterility from Pesticides. Animals: Toxicological Evaluation. Antagonistic Plants. Arthropod Host-Plant Resistant Crops. Bacillus thuringiensis: Transgenic Crops. Bacterial Pest Control. Bioaccumulation. Biodegradation. Biodiversity and Sustainability. Biofertilizers. Bioindicators: Farming Practices and Sustainability. Biological Controls. Biological Controls: Conservation. Biomass. Biopesticides. Bioremediation. Bioremediation: Contaminated Soil Restoration. Biotechnology: Pest Management. Birds: Chemical Control. Birds: Pesticide Use Impacts. Cabbage Diseases: Ecology and Control. Composting. Distributed Generation: Combined Heat and Power. Ecological Indicators: Eco-Exergy to Emergy Flow. Ecological Indicators: Ecosystem Health. Ecosystems: Large-Scale Restoration Governance. Ecosystems: Planning. Exergy: Analysis. Hydroelectricity: Pumped Storage. Insect Growth Regulators. Insects and Mites: Biological Control. Invasion Biology. Natural Enemies and Biocontrol: Artificial Diets. Natural Enemies: Conservation. Nematodes: Biological Control. Pests: Landscape Patterns. Plant Pathogens (Fungi): Biological Control. Plant Pathogens (Viruses): Biological Control. Stored-Product Pests: Biological Control. Thermal Energy: Solar Technologies. Vertebrates: Biological Control. Weeds (Insects and Mites): Biological Control. Limits to growth - biological (LLM & co-limitation).

About the Editors

Brian D. Fath is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University (Maryland, USA) and Research Scholar within the Advanced Systems Analysis Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria). Prof. Fath has also taught courses on ecological networks and modeling in Portugal, China, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Croatia, France, Russia, and South Africa. He holds visiting faculty appointments at the School of Environment, Beijing Normal University and at the State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences both in Beijing, China. He was a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Parthenope University of Naples, Italy in spring 2012 and recipient of the Prigogine Medal in 2016.His research is in the area of systems ecology and network analysis applied to the sustainability and resilience of socio-ecological systems. Prof. Fath has published more than 140 research papers, reports, and book chapters. He co-authored three books and is also the Editor-in-Chief for the journal Ecological Modelling; Editor-in-Chief for Encyclopedia of Ecology (2nd edition, to be published 2018); Secretary General of the International Society for Ecological Modelling; co-Chair of the Ecosystem Dynamics Focus Research Group in the Community Surface Modeling Dynamics System; and, member and past Chair of Baltimore County Commission on Environmental Quality.

About the Series

Environmental Management Handbook, Second Edition, Six-Volume Set

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Environmental
NATURE / Ecology
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General