ecologist Articles

  • An ecologist's view of economic instruments and incentives

    Advice by fisheries scientists to reduce catches or effort is often not fully implemented and efforts to increase impact of advice have often failed. Fisheries scientists rarely discuss the potential contribution of economic instruments to improving the impact of science advice. This paper rejects several possible justifications for the absence of discussion on economic instruments in fisheries ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Biosecurity from the ecologist's perspective: developing a more comprehensive approach

    National planning for biological security should encompass more than just protection against biological weapons. Global forces such as the introduction and spread of invasive species (including emerging infectious diseases), in conjunction with population growth, climate change and sea-level rise, also constitute threats to security. These linked biological and abiotic phenomena make the United ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Economists and ecologists: modelling global climate change to different conclusions

    Numerous articles and studies have pointed to a divergence of opinion between economists and ecologists on environmental matters. This paper examines these differences as they apply to the debate over climate change. In particular, the paper examines the models that economists use for making decisions regarding climate change policy: cost–benefit analysis; utility theory; time-discounting; and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Will there ever be `green` foundries?

    Industrial ecologists approach a system by studying the materials flow into and out of it. To an ecologist, armed with the intention of attaining sustainability in manufacturing processes, inputs are tantamount to resource damage - necessary evils in other words, while the process of conversion of these input raw materials into the end-products amounts to ...


  • Perils and pleasures of multidisciplinary research

    Over the past two decades various prestigious scientific and engineering organizations have touted the need for multidisciplinary research. Deans and department chairs often see multidisciplinary research as a potential pot of gold, and encourage faculty to follow the rainbow. Senior professors join in, seeking Enlightenment in their waning years, and young professors jump on board ...


    By Springer

  • Needed: A copernican shift

    In 1543, Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus published “On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres,” in which he challenged the view that the sun revolved around the earth, arguing instead that the earth revolved around the sun. With his new model of the solar system, he began a wide-ranging debate among scientists, theologians, and others. His alternative to the earlier Ptolemaic model, which ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Interdisciplinary research at the Urban–Rural interface: The West ga project

    As human populations increase, ecological and social issues become inextricably linked to a greater degree. Solutions to complex social–ecological problems can only be derived through the use of integrated research that can account for the interplay of many factors across traditional discipline lines. We are using such an integrated research to clarify relationships among socioeconomic drivers, ...


    By Springer

  • Bioenergy Research Centers Reach 500th Invention Milestone

    On March 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Research Centers (BRC) announced the 500th invention disclosure since 2007. The BRCs, which consist of the BioEnergy Science Center (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • An estimation of the social benefits of preserving biodiversity

    In this paper, we try to evaluate the benefits of biodiversity restoration in the southwest of France, along the Garonne river. This particular riparian forest has been studied extensively by a group of ecologists belonging to the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) in Toulouse. A contingent valuation method was applied. A representative sample of 402 persons living in the surrounding ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Modeling Phosphorus in the lake Allatoona watershed using swat: I. developing Phosphorus parameter values

    Lake Allatoona is a large reservoir north of Atlanta, GA, that drains an area of about 2870 km2 scheduled for a phosphorus (P) total maximum daily load (TMDL). The Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) model has been widely used for watershed-scale modeling of P, but there is little guidance on how to estimate P-related parameters, especially those related to in-stream P processes. In this paper, ...

  • Significance of Landscape Age, Uplift, and Weathering Rates to Ecosystem Development

    The combined roles of chemical and physical weathering have profound effects on the development of terrestrial ecosystems. Landscapes which are tectonically active are rapidly denudated and continually produce nutrient solutes from fresh bedrock. The chemical weathering yields are related to climate, but also to geologic factors such as uplift rates. Long-term nutrient production and the phase of ...


    By Springer

  • Personal carbon trading and sustainable consumption: the art of the state

    Anticipating a new prominence for the carbon market and lifestyle change in post-2012 implementation of ambitious carbon mitigation targets in OECD countries, including the UK, this paper draws on Foucauldian scholarship to support an argument that personal carbon trading (PCT) may be consistent with New Labour's understanding of the role of the 'consumer citizen' in modern Britain, and that PCT ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Methyl mercury and stable isotopes of nitrogen reveal that a terrestrial spider has a diet of emergent aquatic insects

    Terrestrial spiders transfer methyl mercury (MeHg) to terrestrial consumers like birds but how spiders become contaminated with MeHg is not well understood. In the present study, we used stable isotopes of nitrogen in combination with MeHg to determine the source of MeHg to terrestrial long‐jawed orb weaver spiders (Tetragnatha sp). We collected spiders and a variety of other aquatic and ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • River Severn case study

    Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council River Severn at Shrewsbury, channel management proposals Hydro-Logic was appointed by Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council in 2008 to advise on the build-up of sediment within the River Severn, where it passes through the town. The council's pleasure boat had a history of running aground and they had been refused permission ...


    By Hydro-Logic Services

  • Distribution behaviour of trace and toxic metals in soil and sediments along the Thane Creek near Mumbai, India

    The long biological half lives, non-bio-degradable nature and accumulative properties of trace and toxic heavy metals in aquatic environment has attracted great attention of environmental scientists and ecologist in recent years. Therefore, in the present investigation, we have selected Kalwa Bridge and Balkum sites along the Thane Creek to investigate pollution load due to trace and toxic heavy ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A case study of some lakes located at and around Thane City of Maharashtra, India, with special reference to physico-chemical properties and heavy metal content of lake water

    The increasing trend in concentration of metals in the environment has created considerable attention amongst ecologists globally during the last decades. However, no such studies have been carried out in India and there are no past metal load data available. Therefore, we initiated a study to estimate the levels of water pollution of the Upavan, Masunda, Makhmali and Rewale Lakes situated at ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The Sri Lanka environmental flow calculator: a science-based tool to support sustainable national water management

    As Sri Lankan water resources are being increasingly exploited, particularly for hydropower and irrigation, ecologists, water practitioners and policymakers alike are realizing the importance of protecting these resources and setting environmental sustainability thresholds. Environmental flows (EF) – the concept that helps define such thresholds – has now become an integral part of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Experience of Slovak Environmental Agency as Authorized Body, Preparedness of IPPC Operators in the Process of Integrat. Permit Applicat. Elaboration

    Abstract This report deals with legislative context of IPPC in Slovakia in introduction, it is focused on elaborating of integrated permit application. Permit application must be delivered by IPPC operator to relevant Inspection Office. Application might be/doesn´t need to be elaborated by operator. Operator has possibility to ask such service for some of authorized bodies. Slovak ...


    By Slovak Environmental Agency

  • Modeling vital rates improves estimation of population projection matrices

    Population projection matrices are commonly used by ecologists and managers to analyze the dynamics of stage-structured populations. Building projection matrices from data requires estimating transition rates among stages, a task that often entails estimating many parameters with few data. Consequently, large sampling variability in the estimated transition rates increases the uncertainty in the ...


    By Springer

  • Indicators And Methods For The Ecological Status Assessment Under The Water Framework Directive

    The Water Framework Directive (WFD; 2000/60/EC) creates a new legislative framework to manage, use, protect, and restore surface water and groundwater resources within river basins and transitional (Iagoons and estuaries) and coastal waters in the European Union. The WFD aims to achieve sustainable management ofwater resources, to reach good ecological qualityand preventfurtherdeterioration of ...


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