Novel Ecosystems

Rating: Richard J Hobbs, Eric S Higgs and Carol M Hall (eds). 2013. Novel Ecosystems – Intervening in the new ecological world order. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978 1 1183 5422 3 It’s not every day that you get to see a new perspective in a subject but this text might well be one such case. The central argument is that since we can’t “win” in some areas because invasive species have taken over then we might as well learn to […]


CLEAN, standing for ‘Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network’ is a US site funded by the NOAA and National Science Foundation. It aims to present students with resources to be able to debate climate change and energy uses. There is quite a collection of resources on the site including lesson plans and a network to gather ideas and exchange views.

Engaging Places

Engaging Places is a site that aims to integrate learning with the outdoors and specifically the built environment. It’s focussed on a cross-disciplinary perspective but should offer a starting point for both science and geography (as well as environmental issues).

Environmental Hazards

Rating: Keith Smith. 2013. Environmental Hazards: Assessing Risks and Reducing Disaster. 6e. Routledge. ISBN 978 0 415 68106 3   Writing this review just after the tornado has struck Oklahoma, one is reminded of the power of hazards and the importance of studying such phenomena. At the same time one is drawn to the idea that hazards are an essentially anthropocentric view of specific environmental phenomena – they are particular events which threaten property and lives (often taken in that […]

Vegetation Description and Data Analysis

Rating: Martin Kent. 2012. Vegetation Description and Data Analysis: A practical Approach. 2e. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978 0 471 49093 7 In writing reviews it is best to keep some professional distance; to report what the book tries to say and reflect on the quality and suitability in light of the academic field and competing texts. This is the first and probably only time I will break this rule, just at the outset. This is the second edition of a remarkable […]

Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology

Rating: Gören I Ågren and Folke O Andersson. 2012. Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978 1 107 64825 8. Perhaps the first thought on seeing this text is why ‘terrestrial’ and not just ecology. That lasts all of a few seconds when dipping into the preface and seeing that the focus is on whole systems i.e. ecosystems and that this is the easiest way to demonstrate the principles. The authors continue their rationale by noting that it is […]

Urban Ecology

Rating: Niemela J, Breuste JH, Elmqvist T, Gunterspergen G, James P and NE Macintyre. (eds). 2012. Urban Ecology: patterns, processes and applications. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978 0 19 964395 0. It’s always interesting to see how perspectives change in any field and ecology is no exception. Twenty years ago, the words ‘urban’ and ‘nature’ would only be seen together if they were in opposition. No-one would suggest the towns and cities could create environments or modify habitats. It’s not […]

Conservation International

Conservation International – started in 1987 this has become one of the key global conservation organisations. It differentiates itself from many other groups by focussing not on reserves but on sustainability and biodiversity. Numerous ideas, projects etc.


PAGES – Past global changes – is a small community under the aegis of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme aimed at gathering, discussing and disseminating palaeo-climate data. Not all of the links are working but there’s still an impressive set of resources to consider.