Conservation Ecology
Conservation Ecology

Conservation Ecology

Lead Author(s): Jon D. Hoekstra

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This book applies ecology and natural history to land management and biodiversity conservation. The focus is on nature as you might experience it in the woods, at a prairie, or in your backyard. In this book I emphasize the tangible: visible patterns, common species, practical and important problems. Together we will explore how local natural systems operate, how they change over time, and especially how we humans participate in nature. Geographically, this book focuses on the Midwestern USA and most of the examples are drawn from my current home state of Illinois. The content also applies to parts of Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

About This Book

This book applies ecology and natural history to land management and biodiversity conservation. The focus is on nature as you might experience it in the woods, at a prairie, or in your backyard. In this book I emphasize the tangible: visible patterns, common species, practical and important problems. Together we will explore how local natural systems operate, how they change over time, and especially how we humans participate in nature. Geographically, this book focuses on the Midwestern USA and most of the examples are drawn from my current home state of Illinois. The content also applies to parts of Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

About the Author

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I'm Jon Hoekstra. For as long as I can remember, I've been interested in plants, bugs, birds, fish, and every other form of life. I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and loved fishing the lakes and exploring  woods and fields around town. I remember one time in Tee Ball when I missed a fly ball because I was too busy studying bees pollinating dandelions out there in right field.

I studied environmental policy and Natural Resources at Calvin College and the University of Michigan. I then earned an MS in Entomology at the University of Arizona, where I studied rare damselflies in desert streams. I continued working on stream ecology at the University of Illinois where I earned a PhD in Ecology. After that I taught biology for 5 years at Gainesville State College in Georgia.

I now teach biology at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois. I'm honored to share some of what I have learned with my students. I appreciate their ideas and enjoy working with them on projects. Thank you, students, for helping me to stay interested and alert to new discoveries!

Table of Contents

Part One: Concepts

1: Getting Started. Purpose of the book. How to use the book. Preparing to get outside.

2: Conservation. Ecosystem Services. Environmental Ethics. Sustainability. Conservation Science.

3: Populations. Evolution. Population dynamics. Threats. Conservation Solutions.

4: Communities. Community Membership. Interactions. Leaders. Midwestern Community Types.

5: Ecosystems. Ecosystem Thinking. Persistent Pollutants. Nutrients & Eutrophication. Climate Change.

Part Two: Environments

6: Waterways. Watersheds. Freshwater Life. Threats. Conservation Solutions.

7: Forests. Tree Biology. Forest Life. Threats. Conservation Solutions.

8: Prairies. Grasses & Forbs. Prairie Life. Threats. Conservation Solutions.

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