Essentials of Ecology. 4e.

Rating: Michael Begon, Robert W Howarth and Colin R Townsend. 2014. Essential of Ecology. 4e. Wiley. ISBN978 0 470 90913 3. 30 years ago, a text was produced which has become to be seen as the standard in ecological education. I doubt that its authors would have been aware of what they started although some of the key ones remain and new collaborators join in. As part of the pantheon of ecological texts stretching back into the early C20th, this […]

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 […]

Ecosystem Ecology

Rating: David G Raffaelli and Christopher LJ Frid.eds. 2010. Ecosystem Ecology: A New Synthesis. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978 0 521 73503 2. This slim text, part of the British Ecological Society’s Ecological Reviews, aims to bring a more system-wide view of ecology to bear on questions of sustainable management and conservation. As such it’s another avenue to explore alongside the burgeoning notions of conservation science which tend to be focussed more on the individual. Since this is a text […]