A New Ecology

  • ID: 1734217
  • Book
  • 288 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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A New Ecology presents an ecosystem theory based on the following ecosystem properties: physical openness, ontic openness, directionality, connectivity, a complex dynamic for growth and development, and a complex dynamic response to disturbances. Each of these properties is developed in detail to show that these basic and characteristic properties can be applied to explain a wide spectrum of ecological obsevations and convections. It is also shown that the properties have application for environmental management and for assessment of ecosystem health.

* Demonstrates an ecosystem theory that can be applied to explain ecological observations and rules
* Presents an ecosystem theory based upon a systems approach
* Discusses an ecosystem theory that is based on a few basic properties that are characteristic for ecosystmes

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Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Ecosystems have openness (thermodynamic). 3. Ecosystems have ontic openness. 4. Ecosystems have directionality. 5. Ecosystems have connectivity. 6. Ecosystems have complex dynamics (growth). 7. Ecosystems have complex dynamics (disturbances). 8. Ecosystems have broad explanatory power in ecology. 9. Ecosystem principles have applications. 10. Conclusions and final remarks. References. Index.
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Jørgensen, Sven Erik
Fath, Brian D.
Brian D. Fath is Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University (Maryland, USA) and Senior Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria). He teaches courses in ecosystem ecology, environmental biology, networks, and human ecology and sustainability. Dr. Fath has also taught courses on ecological networks and modeling in Portugal, Croatia, Denmark, China, France, and Germany. He held a Fulbright Distinguished Chair position at Parthenope University of Naples, Italy for spring 2012.

He has published over 170 research papers, reports, and book chapters on environmental systems modeling, specifically in the areas of network analysis, resilience, and sustainability. He co-authored the books Flourishing Within Limits to Growth: Following nature's way (2015), Ecological Modelling 4th ed. (2011), A New Ecology: Systems Perspective (2007) and is Editor-in-Chief for Encyclopedia of Ecology 2nd ed. (2018). He is also Editor-in-Chief for the journal Ecological Modelling; Secretary General for International Society for Ecological Modelling; and member and past Chair of the Baltimore County Commission on Environmental Quality. Dr. Fath was the 2016 recipient of the Prigogine Medal for outstanding work in systems ecology.
Bastianoni, Simone
Marques, Joao C.
Muller, Felix
Nielsen, S. Nors
Patten, Bernard D.
Tiezzi, Enzo
Ulanowicz, Robert E.
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