How the Earthquake Bird Got Its Name and Other Tales of an Unbalanced Nature
By (author) H. H. Shugart
How the Earthquake Bird Got Its Name and Other Tales of an Unbalanced Nature by H. H. Shugart
Book DescriptionAlthough people have been altering earth's landscapes to some extent for tens of thousands of years, humankind today is causing massive changes to the planet. Such widespread environmental change is accompanied by accelerating rates of species extinction. In this book, noted ecologist H. H. Shugart presents important ecological concepts through entertaining animal parables. He tells the stories of particular birds and mammals--the packrat, ivory-billed woodpecker, penguin, dingo, European rabbit, and others--and what their fates reveal about the interactions between environmental change and the extinctions or explosions of species populations. Change is the root of many planetary problems, but it is also an intrinsic feature of our living planet. Shugart explores past environmental change, discusses the non-existence of a "balance of Nature," and documents how human alterations have affected plants, soils, and animals. He looks with hope toward a future in which thoughtful people learn--and use--ecological science to protect the landscapes upon which terrestrial creatures depend.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300122701
(235mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 27-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author H. H. Shugart
Global Change and the Terrestrial Biosphere, Paperback (January 2011)
Global climate change challenges ecologists to synthesize what we know to solve a problem with deep historical roots in our discipline. In ecology, the question, "How do terrestrial ecosystems interact with the other earth systems to produce planetary change?" has sufficient depth to be the focal challenge.
Plant Functional Types, Paperback (May 1997)» View all books by H. H. Shugart
This 1997 book describes techniques for defining plant functional types in global detail.
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Author Biography - H. H. Shugart
H. H. Shugart is W. W. Corcoran Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia. He is the author or editor of more than 300 publications.
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