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Springer Series on Environmental Management

Springer Series on Environmental Management

Series Editors: Walker, Lawrence R., Howarth, Robert W., Kapustka, Lawrence A.

ISSN: 0172-6161

Lawrence (Lars) R. Walker – Lars studies plant ecology with an emphasis on primary plant succession, or community assembly following disturbances so severe that little or no soil or plants are left behind.  His tools include field observations, field and greenhouse experiments, and conceptual models.  His interest in succession has led him to disturbance ecology because disturbances are the triggers that initiate community development; to soil ecology because of the intimate interplay between developing plants and soils; and to restoration, which he sees as the human manipulation of the successional process.  His work therefore integrates many disciplines while focusing on the ecological process of succession.  He also helped to build connections between fields of study, such as restoration and succession, aquatic and terrestrial succession, or spatial and temporal ecology.  Lars received his Ph.D. in Plant Ecology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, did a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University, and has held faculty positions over the last 30 years at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  He has published nine books on a variety of ecological topics and enjoys assisting colleagues in developing their book-length writing projects and students in developing their scientific writing skills.

Lawrence (Larry) A. Kapustka – Has 45 years of experience in environmental and ecological research in basic and applied ecology. He received a Ph.D. in Plant Physiological Ecology from the University of Oklahoma and a B.S.Ed. and M.S. in Biology from the University of Nebraska. His professional career in academia included three years at the University of Wisconsin-Superior Miami University, Oxford, OH teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students in a range of basic and applied subjects including ecology, forestry, plant physiology, microbial ecology, and environmental sciences. He then went on to lead the Plant Toxicology and Hazardous Waste research programs at the United States EPA research laboratory in Corvallis, OR. Since 1990, he has worked in consulting, contributing to the development of test methods used to evaluate toxicity of chemicals to ecological receptors and refinement of approaches to assess environmen
tal risks. For the past two decades, he has focused on incorporating spatially-explicit landscape perspectives to achieve integrated holistic risk assessments that can be used to inform environmental management decision-making. Related interests are in rehabilitating disturbed lands, using ecosystem services endpoints to expand the scope of analyses in risk assessments, and working to improve approaches to sustainability.

Robert (Bob) W. Howarth is an Earth system scientist, biogeochemist, and aquatic ecosystem biologist.  He pursues both basic and applied research and believes strongly that the world needs creative research to address our largest challenges such as human-caused climate disruption.  His current research focuses on:  global and regional nitrogen and phosphorus cycles;  global methane cycle and the role of trace gases in global warming and climate disruption;  influence of land-use, management practices, and climate change on nutrient fluxes from the landscape;  atmospheric deposition of nitrogen onto the landscape;  controls and consequences of eutrophication in coastal marine ecosystem;  and biotic, physical, and geochemical controls on nitrogen fixation.  Howarth has extensive experience as an editor, serving as the Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Biogeochemistry for 25 years and Editor-in-Chief of Limnology & Oceanography for 5 years.  He is the editor of eight books and treatises and the author of one textbook:  Begon, M., R.W. Howarth, and C. Townsend.  2014.  Essentials of Ecology, 4th Edition. Wiley.  He is the author or co-author of over 200 peer-reviewed papers, many of them very highly cited:  Howarth’s work has been cited more than 55,000 times in other peer-reviewed publications.  Howarth received his BA degree in biology from Amherst College and earned his Ph.D. jointly from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  He joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1985 and has held an endowed professorship there since 1993.  He also has held adjunct research appointments at the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole, MA, since 2000.


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