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The Branches of Ecology
A 20th Century History

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ISBN 9780367357023
April 15, 2022 Forthcoming by CRC Press
280 Pages 11 Color & 37 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Ecology grew from a minor science, in 1900, into a major discipline in the 20th century. This book describes this development. A dramatic increase in ecological knowledge was accompanied by the formation of ecological professional societies. Universities added ecologists to their faculties. And governments acknowledged the need for ecologists to advise on conservation of natural resources and to combat pollution. Ecology is still growing as a discipline and many local, regional and global environmental problems remain to be studied. Just how ecologists rose to these challenges is an exciting and inspiring narrative, which is the theme of this book.

Key selling features:

  • The author is the foremost and acknowledged historian of ecology.
  • Members of Ecological Society of America are familiar with the author’s many contributions.
  • The book brings together and integrates content previously published over many years
  • Perfect for a course in history of ecology
  • Useful for professionals and graduate students seeking a broad perspective and background on ecology
  • Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Introduction: Before 1900. Chapter 2. Formalizing Ecological Sciences. A. Plant Ecology. B. Animal Ecology. C. Limnology. D. Marine Ecology. Chapter 3. Some Specializations. A. Organizing Ecologists before 1946. B. Symbiosis Studies. C. Succession, Community, Continuum. D. Ecosystems, Systems, Productivity. Chapter 4. Aquatic Ecology. A. Limnology in America, 1930s-90s. B. North America’s Great Lakes. C. Marine Ecology, 1920s-90s. a. Beebe, Bigelow, Ricketts. b. Carson, Riley, Cousteau, Clark. c. Conclusions. Chapter 5. Aspects of Animal Ecology. A. Physiological Animal Ecology. B. Ethology. C. Animal Population Ecology. D. Saving Habitats and Managing Wildlife in North America. Chapter 6. Biogeography. A. 1700-1840. B. 1840-1940s. C. Marine Biogeography, 1697-1940s. D. 1950-80. Chapter 7. Biosphere Ecology

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    Frank Egerton graduated from Duke University with major in zoology and informal minor in botany. He has had a long interest in ecology and has taught history of science at Carnegie Mellon University and then at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha. He has also taught American environmental history and authored Roots of Ecology: Antiquity to Haeckel and A Centennial History of the Ecological Society of America. His long running series of short historical vignettes, which have appeared in the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, form the basis of this new book.