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Serendipity : an ecologist's quest to understand nature

Author: J A Estes
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016] ©2016
Series: Organisms and environments.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"To newly minted biologist James Estes, the sea otters he was studying in the leafy kelp forests off the coast of Alaska appeared to have an unbalanced relationship with their larger environment. Gorging themselves on the sea urchins that grazed among the kelp, these small charismatic mammals seemed to give little back in return. But as Estes dug deeper, he unearthed a far more complex relationship between the otter  Read more...
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Estes, J.A. (James A.), 1945-
Serendipity
(DLC) 2015048153
(OCoLC)923795907
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J A Estes
ISBN: 9780520960633 0520960637
OCLC Number: 944248935
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: In the beginning --
Understanding nature --
The Aleutian archipelago --
Sea otters and kelp forests --
A toe in the arctic ocean --
Return to Attu --
Generality and variation --
A serpentine food web --
Sea otters and the red queen hypothesis: plant/herbivore coevolution --
Sea otters and killer whales --
Megafaunal collapse --
Whale wars --
Foxes and seabirds --
A global perspective --
Retrospection --
Looking to the future.
Series Title: Organisms and environments.
Responsibility: James A. Estes.

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To newly minted biologist James Estes, the sea otters he was studying in the leafy kelp forests off the coast of Alaska appeared to have an unbalanced relationship with their greater environment. But  Read more...

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"Many of the findings in the book ... are classics of ecology... A rare and delightful insight into timely science." -- Jane Lubchenco Nature "Estes's refreshing narrative deftly weaves rigorous Read more...

 
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