A New Ecology - Systems Perspective

Sven Erik Jørgensen, Brian Fath, Simone Bastianoni, Joao Marques, Felix Muller, S. Nors Nielsen, Bernard Patten, Enzo Tiezzi and Robert Ulanowicz 
Elsevier  May 2007  

Hardcover  288 pp  ISBN 9780444531605      £105.00
This book presents an ecosystem theory based on the following ecosystem properties: physical openness, ontic openness, directionality, connectivity, a complex dynamic for growth and development, and a complex dynamic response to disturbances. Each of these properties is developed in detail to show that these basic and characteristic properties can be applied to explain a wide spectrum of ecological obsevations and convections. It is also shown that the properties have application for environmental management and for assessment of ecosystem health.

Of interest to researchers of ecology and biodiversity, as well as agencies tasked with environmental management and sustainability



  • Introduction.
  • Ecosystems have openness (thermodynamic).
  • Ecosystems have ontic openness.
  • Ecosystems have directionality.
  • Ecosystems have connectivity.
  • Ecosystems have complex dynamics (growth).
  • Ecosystems have complex dynamics (disturbances).
  • Ecosystems have broad explanatory power in ecology.
  • Ecosystem principles have applications.
  • Conclusions and final remarks.

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