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Urban Ecosystems


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Preface; 1. Urban ecosystems and the science of ecology; 2. Urban accounting; 3. Urban ecosystem processes; 4. The ecology of urban organisms; 5. Implications of urban ecology; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

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An accessible introduction to the unifying principles of ecology through the exploration of urban ecosystems.

About the Author

Frederick R. Adler is a professor in the Departments of Biology and Mathematics at the University of Utah. He has published research in a broad range of topics throughout mathematical biology, including biodiversity, population dynamics and spatial ecology. He was awarded the University of Utah's Distinguished Mentor Award in 2009. Colby J. Tanner is currently a visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Lausanne. His work focuses on the interface between the local environment and the social aspects of animal behaviour.


'... a comprehensive summary of the growing field of urban ecology through a biogeophysical lens ... The organization of the book is clear and intuitive, and the research presented is varied and compelling ... The scholarship is impressive ... The 'questions and further readings' included at the end of every chapter are thoughtful and well aligned with the content ... The light breezy prose makes for an easy read that will keep the attention of students and urbanites alike. The language strikes an impressive balance between academic jargon and accessibility providing readers with breadth as well as ample opportunity to dig a little deeper. Students will appreciate the comprehensive glossary and pairing of basic ecological concepts with unique real-world applications ... If you are interested in learning more about the ecology of these complex, varied, and beautiful things we call cities ... this book is for you. I doubt you will be disappointed.' Kirsten Schwarz, Basic and Applied Ecology

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