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Fundamental Processes in Ecology: An earth systems approach

David M Wilkinson


This book raises and attempts to answer the following thought experiment: ‘For any planet with carbon-based life, which persists over geological time-scales, what is the minimum set of ecological processes that must be present?’. The main intention of this book is to use an astrobiological perspective as a means of thinking about ecology on Earth. Its focus on processes contrasts with the commoner focus in ecology textbooks on entities such as individuals, populations, species, communities, ecosystems, and the biosphere. The book suggests that seven ecological processes are fundamental (not in ... More

Keywords: earth system, ecology, Gaia, astrobiology, carbon sequestration, tradeoff, photosynthesis, guilds, biodiversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198568469
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568469.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David M Wilkinson, author
School of Biological and Earth Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, UK