1. An Introduction to Ecological Energetics and the Global Carbon Cycle 2. The Physical and Chemical Bases of Energy 3. Energy Relationships between Organisms and the Environment 4. Biological Energy Transformations by Plants 5. Energy Processing by Animals 6. Species Adaptations to their Energy Environment 7. Food Chains and Trophic Level Transfers 8. Energy Flow in Ecosystems 9. Ecosystem Productivity 10. The Global Carbon Cycle and the Biosphere 11. Anthropogenic Alterations to the Global Carbon Cycle and Climate Change 12. Carbon, Climate Change, and Public Policy
David E. Reichle was the Associate Laboratory Director at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for Environmental, Life, and Social Sciences, and the former director of its Environmental Sciences Division. He was also adjunct Professor of Ecology at the University of Tennessee. He has authored over 100 scientific articles on radionuclides in the environment and the metabolism of ecosystems, edited 4 books on productivity and carbon metabolism of ecosystems, and led development of several seminal government reports on greenhouse gas reduction technologies and carbon sequestration. He has served on many scientific advisory boards for the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Academy of Sciences, and other academic institutions and business organizations. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a recipient of a Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, a Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Department of Energy, and a Muskingum University Distinguished Alumni Service Award. He also served on the national board of Governors of The Nature Conservancy, and as Chairman of TNC's Tennessee state chapter.