This is a concise, accessible, and up-to-date book for those wanting a quick and easy-to-read book on ecology and its importance. Great intro for the ecology session of Master Naturalist basic training! Charles Krebs enlightens readers about the key principles in ecology—from species extinction to the sun’s role in powering ecosystems—each chapter introduces a general question, illustrates that question with real-world examples, and links it to pressing ecological issues in which humans play a central role, such as the spread of invasive species, climate change, overfishing, and biodiversity conservation.
Why Ecology Matters interweaves important discussions of human environmental impacts and their societal implications throughout. It is a book rooted in our contemporary world, delving into ecological issues that are perennial, timeless, but could not be more timely.
The Reading Corner show cases interesting nature books and other nature information. It consists of three parts -- this page on nature books, another on nature essays & research, and a third on field guides.