In this series of lectures, renowned ornithologist John Kricher presents an absorbing analysis of the diverse ecosystems that exist on Planet Earth. He provides a factual study of the many fragile and threatened portions of our biosphere while describing the interaction between each system and the effect of man's presence in these ecosystems. Professor Kricher also explains the amazing variety of flora and fauna that inhabit the individual ecosystems and addresses current ecological issues facing mankind.
©2008 John Kricher; (P)2008 Recorded Books
I really like how Kricher shared his personal experiences with me as I followed him on a journey around the Earth. There were so many interesting stories about the plants and animal interactions in the different ecosystems. I have a strong science background and I still learned a lot by listening to this lecture series. I will be sharing what I learned with others. Highly recommended.
Complexity is my absolute favorite thing to study. There are fewer subjects more integral to complexity than ecology and cosmology. This lecture series in ecology was superb. Kricher masterfully guided his audience through how the earth function as a system, as well as through all of Earth's nested systems.
This is systems science at its best.
Absolutely. Though in general I prefer the Great Courses from the Teaching Comnpany, this is a star in the Modern Scholar series.
Describing the oceans and their regions: benthic, littoral, etc. Fascinating creatures.
Well, I listened it two years ago, and it got me interested in science. I've explored all kinds of science since then, but especially bio.
For literature courses from the Modern Scholar, Prof. Drout is GREAT.
I have been a voracious reader since I was a child.
I selected this as a crash course in ecology to supplement my graduate studies in a related field. The content is just what I'd expect in an introductory course, the lecture style is quite nice and his voice is pleasant to listen to. Wish there were more lecture series like this available!
This 8-hour audiobook has no chapter divisions. As a result, when I listen to it on my iPod and I lose my place (because I fell asleep or just want to review a previous section or whatever), it's almost impossible to go back to where I was. I have to keep my finger on the rewind button forever. All my other Modern Scholar audiobooks have at 14 to 16 chapters. This one is unnavigable. A real drag.
The lectures themselves are excellent. Great general overview of how animal and plant species interact in different climates. And the author's personal anecdotes make you feel as if you're there.
Easy and affably aimed at the autodidact...but not the dilettante. A good thinly comprehensive overview for the undergrad majors.
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