Basic Landscape Ecology

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KEL Partners Incorporated, 2010 - Landscape ecology - 300 pages
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Basic Landscape Ecology is intended to be a starting point for the study of landscape ecology. The goal is to provide a contemporary synthesis of basic landscape ecological concepts with an applied interpretation. The text is divided into two sections. The first section, which consists of six chapters, is intended to provide a uniform background for students from various academic disciplines. The second section, which consists of four chapters, is intended to provide an examination of the substance of contemporary landscape ecology.
 

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Basic Landscape Ecology by Robert Coulson and Maria Tchakerian presents this discipline in an organized and effective manner. Most important are the treatments with both text and images of the types of corridors and patches (e.g. disturbance patch) with excellent examples. The case studies show how landscape ecology is interconnected in the environment. This text can be used in Landscape Ecology, Geography, Planning, Forestry and Environmental Science. Lectures based on the book are easy to prepare because of both the precise nature of the writing and the quality of the examples. This book is essential for your library as an introduction to the expanding field of Landscape Ecology  

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Landscape ecology is a scientifically-based approach to understanding the way natural systems work and how humans impact them. What are the consequences of living in the "anthropocene?"
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Tchakerian have produced a well-organized, thorough analysis of the nature of landscape ecology. They offer an hierarchic approach to the topic, which makes it easy to grasp the extent and the implications of their presentation. As an introduction to an importqnt facet of ecology, it is an outstanding book. 

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Dr. Robert N. Coulson is a Professor in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University. He earned the BS degree in biology from Furman University and MS and PhD degrees in entomology from the University of Georgia. He teaches courses in landscape ecology, insect ecology, and forest protection. Dr. Coulson’s research has been transdisciplinary in approach and directed to investigations of the activities and impacts of insects and other taxa in forest, prairie, savanna, agricultural, and urban landscapes. The research addresses issues of significance to ecological science as well landscape-use management. He co-founded the Knowledge Engineering Laboratory (KEL) to facilitate research and development of computer applications for planning, problem-solving, and decisionmaking in environmental science and management. He is a member of the Entomological Society of America, International Association for Landscape Ecology, and the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations. He is a regular contributor to the scientific agenda of these societies.Dr. Maria D. Tchakerian is an Associate Research Scientist in the Knowledge Engineering Laboratory (KEL) in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University. She earned the BS degree in Biochemistry and MS degree in Conservation and Ecology from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Campus Guaymas, Mexico). She obtained the PhD degree in Geography from Texas A&M University. Dr. Tchakerian has taught Landscape Ecology with Dr. Coulson for the last 10 years.

Dr. Maria D. Tchakerian is an Associate Research Scientist in the Knowledge Engineering Laboratory (KEL) in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University. She earned the BS degree in Biochemistry and MS degree in Conservation and Ecology from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Campus Guaymas, Mexico). She obtained the PhD degree in Geography from Texas A&M University. Dr. Tchakerian has taught Landscape Ecology with Dr. Coulson for the last 10 years.

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