Encyclopedia of Ecology, Second Edition continues the acclaimed work of the previous edition published in 2008. It covers all scales of biological organization, from organisms, to populations, to communities and ecosystems. Laboratory, field, simulation modelling, and theoretical approaches are presented to show how living systems sustain structure and function in space and time. New areas of focus include micro- and macro scales, molecular and genetic ecology, and global ecology (e.g., climate change, earth transformations, ecosystem services, and the food-water-energy nexus) are included. In addition, new, international experts in ecology contribute on a variety of topics.
- Offers the most broad-ranging and comprehensive resource available in the field of ecology
- Provides foundational content and suggests further reading
- Incorporates the expertise of over 500 outstanding investigators in the field of ecology, including top young scientists with both research and teaching experience
- Includes multimedia resources, such as an Interactive Map Viewer and links to a CSDMS (Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System), an open-source platform for modelers to share and link models dealing with earth system processes
- Aquatic Ecology
- Behavioral Ecology
- Conservation Ecology
- Ecological Complexity
- Ecological Data Analysis and Modelling
- Ecological Processes
- Evolutionary Ecology
- General Ecology
- Global Change Ecology
- Human Ecology
- Terrestrial and Landscape Ecology
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.