Ecology of North America. 2e.

Rating: Brian R Chapman and Eric G Bolen. 2016. Ecology of North America. 2e. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978 1 118 97154 3 One of the issues faced when examining foreign ecosystems is getting sufficient background information to be enable comparison with ones better known to the reader. Anything that helps this situation creates two advantages – a better understanding of the theoretical linkages between disparate ecosystems and the ability to understand the practical aspects of plant-animal interactions. Luckily, for North […]

Coastal Environments and Global Change

Rating: Gerd Masselink and Roland Gehrels. eds. 2104. Coastal Environments and Global Change. Wiley. ISBN 987 0 470 65659 4. “I must go down to the sea again…” Coastal areas – sources of enjoyment, wonder, human activity and, of course, highly dynamic geophysical and biological systems. Coasts have always been a major attraction to people but now, the pressure is so great in some areas that the ecosystem health of the area is under threat. This might be less obvious […]

Earth Environments

Rating: David Huddart and Tim Stott. 2010. Earth Environments: Past, Present and Future. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978 0 471 48532 2. Right at the very beginning of this book, there’s a crucial point: “…never has there been a greater need for an understanding of modern Earth processes…”. That was written at a time of storms and flooding and one might argue that an understanding of historical processes is as important as modern ones but the point is well made. If we […]

The Global Casino

Rating: Nick Middleton. 2013. The Global Casino: an introduction to environmental issues.5e.  Routledge. ISBN. 978 1 4441 4662 2 At a time when there are so many specialist texts on matters dealing with environmental issues (usually with only one topic in mind) it’s good to see one that tackles so many different ones and impressive to see it through 5 editions and 18 years. Having seen a few of these earlier incarnations, a new arrival always piques interest. The basic […]


Rating: Robert S Anderson and Suzanne P Anderson. 2010. Geomorphology: The Mechanics and Chemistry of Landscapes. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978 0 521 51978 6 The title says much about the geomorphological perspective – (long) gone are the days of descriptive landscapes, although these have always had a use. Current work is focussed far more on the science of the processes. This is crucial because not only does it reflect more accurately the academic world in which this science now […]