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Anyone have a recomendation as to books to study ecological science?

 
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I'm interested in books on basic ecological science, at an adult level, and on more in depth books focused on the various ecosystems of Colorado. I'm sure I could turn something up online, but who better to give recommendations then the permies?!
 
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"Botany In A Day" is one of the most valuable books I ever read. Too bad it is now lost to me. It is basically a primer on how to identify common North American plant families.
 
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I have no idea about Colorado.

There are several books that will introduce the science of ecology to you. I'm guessing you want a first-year undergraduate ecology textbook. You're probably looking for a copy of Essentials of Ecology by Colin R. Townsend, Michael Begon and John L. Harper. If you fancy being more ambitious, try for Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems by Michael Begon, Colin R. Townsend and John L. Harper. With luck you'll find a student selling textbooks.

If you want to understand agroecosystems, from a practical permaculture perspective, I recommend Agroecology: the Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems by Stephen Gliessman. Review at some point in the next week or so, I hope. I've already reviewed one of his books from the standpoint of learning to do research: http://www.permies.com/t/56250/books/Field-Laboratory-Investigations-Agroecology-Stephen

On a related note, Practical Field Ecology: A Project Guide by C. Philip Wheater, James R. Bell and Penny A. Cook teaches what it says on the cover.
 
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Great, thanks. I've ordered them all from my local library, they should be here in a few weeks. I have a great library which will get me just about anything. The system stretches across Colorado and Wyoming, and includes the libraries of at least 3 universities. And if something (rarely) is not in that system, I can beg and plead until they order something from farther afield.
 
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