Landscape Ecology

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 757–759 | Cite as

Ecological principles and processes as drivers for landscape design

J. Beardsley (ed.), Designing Wildlife Habitats. Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Washington, D.C., USA, 2013, 293 pp. illus. pbk. US $50.00, ISBN 978-0-88402-385-2.
  • Ryan M. PerklEmail author
Book Review

Over the course of the last several centuries, anthropocentric expansion and influence has marched forth across the planet at both rates and intensities never before experienced. The results of these activities position humankind in a unique period historically, in the midst of the planet’s sixth great extinction. While such events have indeed happened before, scientific consensus points to the cause of this current mass extinction as being uniquely new; indeed it points to us, in that we are the cause. It is within this context that the book ‘Designing Wildlife Habitats’ edited by John Beardsley is incredibly timely and of paramount need.

Compiled as a compendium of essays presented at the 2010 Dumbarton Oaks Symposium, the book aims to explore landscape design within the context of the current biodiversity crisis, presuming that landscape designers will be increasingly called upon to engage in restoration efforts of landscapes and habitats. The first section (chapters 1–6) presents a...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Landscape Architecture and PlanningThe University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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