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by Stuart L. Pimm

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0226668304
Author:
Stuart L. Pimm
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Science & Mathematics
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English
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (February 1, 1992)
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448 pages
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Stuart L. Pimm is the Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke University

Stuart L. Pimm is the Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke University. He is the author of many books, including The World According to Pimm: A Scientist Audits the Earth. Paperback: 448 pages. Well, at least influential for me. Stuart Pimm's "Balance of Nature" is intended for an audience of professional ecologists and (like most academic texts) demands patient, thoughtful reading, but is well worth the effort. Why influential? Throughout my rather lengthy graduate school "career," I've been struck by the tension between simple academic ecological theory and the stunning complexity of real-world systems.

The Balance of Nature? provides theoretical ecology with a rich array of questions-questions that also underpin pressing problems in practical conservation biology. Pimm calls for nothing less than new approaches to ecology and a new alliance between theoretical and empirical studies. Biological Sciences: Conservation.

The Balance of Nature? book. From the Back Cover: Stability in any sense depends on characteristics of the species involved, on the structure of the species' food web, and on physical features of the environment.

Ecological Issues in the Conservation of Species and Communities. In The Balance of Nature?, a work sure to stir controversy, the distinguished theoretical ecologist Stuart L. Pimm argues that ecology therefore fails in many ways to address the enormous ecological problems now facing our planet.

Professor of Ecology Stuart L Pimm.

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Pimm, Stuart L. Cited Authors. Pimm, SL. Published Date. Published In. Science. 256 /. Start, End Page.

Publications related to Conservation Ecology. Abstract: The decomposer soil community maintains the arable soil ecosystem for the nutrient turnover

Publications related to Conservation Ecology. Conservation Ecology of Bornean Orangutans in the Greater Batang Ai-Lanjak-Entimau Landscape, Sarawak, Malaysia. Abstract: The decomposer soil community maintains the arable soil ecosystem for the nutrient turnover. Here, we studied the dynamics of the soil fungal populations in a typical Phaeozem luvico in Argentina and related it to the management practices.

Pimm SL (1991) The balance of nature?: ecological issues in the conservation of species and communities. The University of Chicago Press, ChicagoGoogle Scholar. ISEE Press, SolomonsGoogle Scholar

Pimm SL (1991) The balance of nature?: ecological issues in the conservation of species and communities. ISEE Press, SolomonsGoogle Scholar. Raven PH (ed) (1997) Nature and human society: the quest for a sustainable world. National Academy, WashingtonGoogle Scholar. Raven PH (2002) Science, sustainability and the human prospect. Science 297:954–958PubMedGoogle Scholar.

Ecologists, although they acknowledge the problems involved, generally conduct their research on too few species, in too small an area, over too short a period of time. In The Balance of Nature?, a work sure to stir controversy, the distinguished theoretical ecologist Stuart L. Pimm argues that ecology therefore fails in many ways to address the enormous ecological problems now facing our planet. Ecologists describing phenomena on larger scales often use terms like "stability," "balance of nature," and "fragility," and Pimm begins by considering the various specific meanings of these terms. He addresses five kinds of ecological stability—stability in the strict sense, resilience, variability, persistence, and resistance—and shows how they provide ways of comparing natural populations and communities as well as theories about them. Each type of stability depends on characteristics of the species studied and also on the structure of the food web in which the species is embedded and the physical features of the environment. The Balance of Nature? provides theoretical ecology with a rich array of questions—questions that also underpin pressing problems in practical conservation biology. Pimm calls for nothing less than new approaches to ecology and a new alliance between theoretical and empirical studies.
  • Gela
Well, at least influential for me. Stuart Pimm's "Balance of Nature" is intended for an audience of professional ecologists and (like most academic texts) demands patient, thoughtful reading, but is well worth the effort.
Why influential? Throughout my rather lengthy graduate school "career," I've been struck by the tension between simple academic ecological theory and the stunning complexity of real-world systems. Pimm tackles this condumdrum by focusing on the relationship between species richness and system stability, explaining why the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
If your ecological education has not already made you suspicious of popular (but naive) concepts of "natural" stability and balance, then this book will open your eyes. Recommended.
  • Weetont
This is a great book and something that I have been looking for for quite a while. It was in perfect condition when it came. Thank you.
  • Goktilar
This is an excellent book for ecologists in general