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Excellence in Ecology: Book 29

Translational Ecology: Collected Writings on Contemporary Environmental Issues


William H. Schlesinger


Cary Institue of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, New York, USA

Recipient of the International Ecology Institute (ECI) Prize 2014 in terrestrial ecology



William H. Schlesinger believes that scientists have a duty to translate scientific research for non-specialists ('translational ecology') and he has a particular talent for doing so. The author of numerous well-cited scientific papers and two highly regarded textbooks, he has also written hundreds of newspaper and magazine pieces, blog entries, and radio scripts that explain complex environmental issues. This engaging book draws together many of his general-interest writings, on topics ranging from climate change and species extinction to human population dynamics. In accessible language peppered with personal anecdotes, he explores the origin of contemporary environmental problems and in many cases offers solutions.


A member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, William H. Schlesinger is the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Biogeochemistry at Duke University and President Emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY. His career has focused on studies of environmental chemistry—biogeochemistry—particularly on soils and global element cycles. His textbook, Biogeochemistry, now in its third edition with co-author Emily S. Bernhardt, defines this field and enjoys worldwide adoption. A life-long birdwatcher and environmental advocate, he is deeply concerned about the future ability of our planet to sustain humanity and the myriad species that share it with us.



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Book 29: Translational Ecology: Collected Writings on Contemporary Environmental Issues by William H. Schlesinger. 2017. VIII + 244 pp. ISSN 0932-2205, ISBN 978-3-946729-29-7, ECI Price €35 + Postage


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