Ecological Microcosms

  • Robert J. Beyers
  • Howard T. Odum

Part of the Springer Advanced Texts in Life Sciences book series (SATLIFE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Microcosms: Concepts and Uses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert J. Beyers, Howard T. Odum
      Pages 3-10
    3. Robert J. Beyers, Howard T. Odum
      Pages 11-40
    4. Robert J. Beyers, Howard T. Odum
      Pages 41-61
    5. Robert J. Beyers, Howard T. Odum
      Pages 62-87
    6. Robert J. Beyers, Howard T. Odum
      Pages 88-107
    7. Robert J. Beyers, Howard T. Odum
      Pages 108-147
    8. Robert J. Beyers, Howard T. Odum
      Pages 148-177
    9. Robert J. Beyers, Howard T. Odum
      Pages 178-187
  3. Kinds of Microcosms and Mesocosms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Robert J. Beyers, Howard T. Odum
      Pages 191-208
    3. Robert J. Beyers, Howard T. Odum
      Pages 209-233
    4. Robert J. Beyers, Howard T. Odum
      Pages 234-259
    5. Robert J. Beyers, Howard T. Odum
      Pages 260-271
    6. Robert J. Beyers, Howard T. Odum
      Pages 272-293
    7. Robert J. Beyers, Howard T. Odum
      Pages 294-321
    8. Robert J. Beyers, Howard T. Odum
      Pages 322-340
    9. Robert J. Beyers, Howard T. Odum
      Pages 341-354
  4. Microcosms for Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 355-356

About this book

Introduction

Ecological Microcosms is a seminal work which reviews the expanding field of enclosed ecosystem research, and relates the results and models of microcosm studies to general concepts in ecology. Microcosms are miniaturized pieces of our biosphere, ranging from streams and lakes to terraria, agroecosystems, and waste systems. The study of these simplified ecosystems is providing provocative insights into ecological principles as well as issues of environmental management and global stability. The authors have used the well-known thermodynamic approach of H.T. Odum and numerous computer simulations. The book also includes an evaluation of alternative mesocosm approaches for the support of humans in space, as well as appendices to aid in the teaching of environmental concepts using student-created microcosms. Ecological Microcosms will be of interest to ecologists, environmental engineers, policy makers and environmental managers, space scientists, and educators. Robert J. Beyers is a Professor of Biology at the University of South Alabama. Howard T. Odum is Graduate Research Professor of Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida, and was awarded, with Eugene Odum, the 1987 Crafoord Prize in the Biosciences.

Keywords

Ecology agroecosystems biosphere ecological microcosms ecological principles ecosystem ecosystems enclosed ecosystem environment environmental management mesocosm microcosm terraria thermodynamic approach

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert J. Beyers
    • 1
  • Howard T. Odum
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of South AlabamaMobileUSA
  2. 2.Department of Environmental Engineering SciencesUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4613-9344-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-9346-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-9344-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-6226
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