Stable Isotopes in Ecology and Environmental Science

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Kate Lajtha, Robert Michener
Wiley, Aug 16, 1994 - Science - 336 pages
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Stable isotopes are used extensively in all areas of ecology: in studying metabolic processes, to monitor nitrogen turnover in soil, to look at pollution in rainwater, to trace elements through ecosystems, etc. This book, written by two of the leading researchers in the field, will explain the background to stable isotope methodology and discuss the use of the methods in varying ecological situations.

  • An ideal resource for all ecologists using or seeking to use isotopes in their research.
  • A complete guide to the methods, the theory behind them and their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Adopts an ecosystem approach - unlike the competition.

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Robert Michener is the Laboratory Manager of the Boston University Stable Isotope Laboratory and has been running the internationally recognized facility for 18 years. His research interests include aquatic ecology, food web systems, and how stable isotopes can be applied to tracing pollutants, comparing pristine and impacted systems.

Kate Lajtha is a Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University and the Editor-in-Chief of "Biogeochemistry," She is a terrestrial biogeochemist who studies soil organic matter stabilization and soil solution chemistry.

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