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Integrative Ecology

Integrative Ecology

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Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0123850061

Category: Science

Page: 348

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This thematic volume represents an important and exciting benchmark in the study of integrative ecology, synthesizing and showcasing current research and highlighting future directions for the development of the field. Updates and informs the reader on the latest research findings Written by leading experts in the field Highlights areas for future investigation

The Variety of Integral Ecologies

The Variety of Integral Ecologies

Author: Sam Mickey

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438465289

Category: Nature

Page: 396

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Presents integral approaches to ecology that cross the boundaries of the humanities, social sciences, and biophysical sciences. In the current era of increasing planetary interconnectedness, ecological theories and practices are called to become more inclusive, complex, and comprehensive. The diverse contributions to this book offer a range of integral approaches to ecology that cross the boundaries of the humanities and sciences and help us understand and respond to today’s ecological challenges. The contributors provide detailed analyses of assorted integral ecologies, drawing on such founding figures and precursors as Thomas Berry, Leonardo Boff, Holmes Rolston III, Ken Wilber, and Edgar Morin. Also included is research across the social sciences, biophysical sciences, and humanities discussing multiple worldviews and perspectives related to integral ecologies. The Variety of Integral Ecologies is both an accessible guide and an advanced supplement to the growing research for a more comprehensive understanding of ecological issues and the development of a peaceful, just, and sustainable planetary civilization.

Landscape Bionomics Biological-Integrated Landscape Ecology

Landscape Bionomics Biological-Integrated Landscape Ecology

Author: Vittorio Ingegnoli

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9788847052260

Category: Science

Page: 431

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"Landscape Bionomics,” or “Bio-integrated Landscape Ecology,” radically transforms the main principles of traditional Landscape Ecology by recognizing the landscape as a living entity rather than merely the spatial distribution of species and communities on the territory, often analysed in separate themes (water, species, pollution, etc.). To be more exact, the landscape is identified as the "life organization integrating a set of plants, animals and human communities and its system of natural, semi-natural, and human cultural ecosystems in a certain spatial configuration." This new perspective inevitably leads to significant changes in how to assess and manage the environment. This book represents the culmination of an endeavor begun by the author, with the support of Richard Forman and Zev Naveh, more than a dozen years ago. It builds on the author’s previous successful publication, Landscape Ecology, A Widening Foundation, by addressing a range of additional topics and discussing the new theoretical and methodological concepts that have emerged during the past decade of research. Particular attention is paid to the fact that interventions in the landscape can be made with the best intentions yet cause serious damage! Against this background, the author explains the need to study "landscape units" by applying methods comparable to those used in clinical diagnosis – hence ecologists can be viewed as the “physicians” of ecological systems.

Handbook of Research on Practices for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

Handbook of Research on Practices for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

Author: Meletiadou, Eleni

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781799896302

Category: Education

Page: 451

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Equality, diversity, and inclusion are at the forefront of current discussion, as these issues have become an international concern for politicians, government agencies, social activists, and the general public. Higher education institutions internationally face considerable challenges in terms of diversity management of both their students and staff, which limits the success of individuals, institutions, and the sector as a whole. The Handbook of Research on Practices for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education reports on current challenges that higher education institutions face in terms of diversity management and provides crucial research on the application of strategies designed to increase organizational change and support and integrate diverse individuals, including physically disabled individuals, women, and people of color, into higher education institutions. Covering a range of topics such as cultural intelligence and racial diversity, this reference work is ideal for researchers, academicians, practitioners, scholars, policymakers, educators, and students.

Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries and Aquaculture, 2 Volumes

Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries and Aquaculture, 2 Volumes

Author: Bruce F. Phillips

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119154044

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 1075

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The first comprehensive review of the current and future effects of climate change on the world’s fisheries and aquaculture operations The first book of its kind, Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries and Aquaculture explores the impacts of climate change on global fisheries resources and on marine aquaculture. It also offers expert suggestions on possible adaptations to reduce those impacts. The world's climate is changing more rapidly than scientists had envisioned just a few years ago, and the potential impact of climate change on world food production is quite alarming. Nowhere is the sense of alarm more keenly felt than among those who study the warming of the world's oceans. Evidence of the dire effects of climate change on fisheries and fish farming has now mounted to such an extent that the need for a book such as this has become urgent. A landmark publication devoted exclusively to how climate change is affecting and is likely to affect commercially vital fisheries and aquaculture operations globally, Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries and Aquaculture provides scientists and fishery managers with a summary of and reference point for information on the subject which has been gathered thus far. Covers an array of critical topics and assesses reviews of climate change impacts on fisheries and aquaculture from many countries, including Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Australia, Chile, US, UK, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, India and others Features chapters on the effects of climate change on pelagic species, cod, lobsters, plankton, macroalgae, seagrasses and coral reefs Reviews the spread of diseases, economic and social impacts, marine aquaculture and adaptation in aquaculture under climate change Includes special reports on the Antarctic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, the Arctic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea Extensive references throughout the book make this volume both a comprehensive text for general study and a reference/guide to further research for fisheries scientists, fisheries managers, aquaculture personnel, climate change specialists, aquatic invertebrate and vertebrate biologists, physiologists, marine biologists, economists, environmentalist biologists and planners.

Modeling Spatiotemporal Dynamics in Ecology

Modeling Spatiotemporal Dynamics in Ecology

Author: Jordi Bascompte

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: STANFORD:36105020114562

Category: Mathematics

Page: 230

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Throughout its history, ecology has largely been a descriptive science. Scientists are in need of a theoretical framework that will assist in the understanding of observed patterns, and will serve as a predictive tool. Since ecological systems are dynamic and spatially extended, it is particularly important to understand the processes underlying spatiotemporal patterns. This book reviews one of the newest and most important areas of theoretical ecology: the study of spatiotemporal dynamics by means of a spatially explicit approximation that allows the investigation of the effects of real space.

Whale-watching

Whale-watching

Author: James Higham

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139915496

Category: Science

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Within little more than a generation, whale-watching has been subject to global industrial development. It has been portrayed by destinations and business operators, and advocated by environmental groups, as a sustainable activity and an alternative to whaling. However, in recent years the sustainability of these activities has increasingly been questioned, as research shows that repeated disturbance by boat traffic can severely disrupt critical behaviours of cetaceans in the wild. Bringing together contributions by international experts, this volume addresses complex issues associated with commercial whale-watching, sustainable development and conservation of the global marine environment. It highlights widely expressed concerns for the failure of policy, planning and management and pinpoints both long-standing and emerging barriers to sustainable practice. Featuring numerous case studies, the book provides critical insights into the diverse socio-cultural, political, economic and ecological contexts of this global industry, highlighting the challenges and opportunities that arise along the pathways to sustainability.

The International Handbook of Political Ecology

The International Handbook of Political Ecology

Author: Raymond L Bryant

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 9780857936172

Category: Political Science

Page: 704

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The International Handbook of Political Ecology features chapters by leading scholars from around the world in a unique collection exploring the multi-disciplinary field of political ecology. This landmark volume canvasses key developments, topics, iss

Law and Agroecology

Law and Agroecology

Author: Massimo Monteduro

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783662466179

Category: Law

Page: 494

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This book represents a first attempt to investigate the relations between Law and Agroecology. There is a need to adopt a transdisciplinary approach to multifunctional agriculture in order to integrate the agroecological paradigm in legal regulation. This does not require a super-law that hierarchically purports to incorporate and supplant the existing legal fields; rather, it calls for the creation of a trans-law that progressively works to coordinate interlegalities between different legal fields, respecting their autonomy but emphasizing their common historical roots in rus in the process. Rus, the rural phenomenon as a whole, reflects the plurality and interdependence of different complex systems based jointly on the land as a central point of reference. “Rural” is more than “agricultural”: if agriculture is understood traditionally as an activity aimed at exploiting the land for the production of material goods for use, consumption and private exchange, rurality marks the reintegration of agriculture into a broader sphere, one that is not only economic, but also social and cultural; not only material, but also ideal, relational, historical, and symbolic; and not only private, but also public. In approaching rus, the natural and social sciences first became specialized, multiplied, and compartmentalized in a plurality of first-order disciplines; later, they began a process of integration into Agroecology as a second-order, multi-perspective and shared research platform. Today, Agroecology is a transdiscipline that integrates other fields of knowledge into the concept of agroecosystems viewed as socio-ecological systems. However, the law seems to still be stuck in the first stage. Following a reductionist approach, law has deconstructed and shattered the universe of rus into countless, disjointed legal elementary particles, multiplying the planes of analysis and, in particular, keeping Agricultural Law and Environmental Law two separate fields.