Recently, Andy Gonzalez tweeted his choice for all time favorite ecology book:
And wondered what was other people’s favorite ecology book. I (actually we – Meghan, Jeremy and I all emailed about this topic amongst ourselves) thought this would be a fun topic for Dynamic Ecology.
So what is your all time favorite ecology book? You can define favorite however you want? Influenced you the most. The most fun to read. Go back to over and over again. This is a personal preference and times change, so this doesn’t necessarily equate to books that everybody should read (for a little on that see books that all ecology grad students should read), although the ecology field might be a better off if most PhD students had engaged with a good fraction of the books on this list *end over-the-hill curmudgeonly grump*.
Since more people respond to polls than open ended questions, I have formulated this as a poll. Which will be biased to books I could come up with, so please feel free to add your own choices! You can vote for up to 3. Note, no current textbooks are included (e.g. Morin’s & MIttelbachs texts on Community Ecology, Cases’s Theoretical Ecology, and Ricklef’s and BHT’s ecology text books and Gotelli’s primers are all great books and important in my thinking but not listed here) nor are popular ecology books (e.g. Silent Spring) are included for now. I’ve also only included one edition of each book.
Compiling the list for the poll was a trip down memory lane for me which I greatly enjoyed (maybe too much). I tried to be inclusive of diverse fields, but I am sure it is ultimately more revealing of my own interests and biases. So tell us what I missed!