Carrion Ecology, Evolution, and Their Applications

M. Eric Benbow, Jeffery K. Tomberlin, Aaron M. Tarone

September 1, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 512 Pages - 32 Color & 200 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138893849 - CAT# K32847

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Features

  • Takes subject matter that appears to be disparate and demonstrates a common thread of knowledge
  • Introduces the process and players involved in how vertebrate carrion is recycled by an ecosystem
  • Addresses how ecological and evolutionary theory can be used to test novel concepts and ideas related to ecological processes and evolutionary relationships within this unique model
  • Documents how understanding the basic science of decomposition has potential widespread applications in areas such as forensics, composting, and aquaculture and wildlife management
  • Includes fundamental explanations of vertebrate carrion and its importance globally

Summary

Decomposition and recycling of vertebrate remains have been understudied, hampered largely due to these processes being aesthetically challenging (e.g., smell and sight). Technological innovations have provided the means to explore new and historically understood natural systems to give us a plethora of new information. Carrion Ecology, Evolution, and Their Applications covers a broad spectrum of topics including the molecular mechanistic foundations that provide the basis for intra- and interspecific interactions related to population biology, community ecology, and how this manifests into habitat- and ecosystem-level importance. The book connects the science of carrion decomposition from genes to ecosystems in multidisciplinary synthesis of the science.

This book brings together a team of global experts involved with measuring and understanding the process and effects of carrion ecology in nature, with special application in such applied fields as forensic entomology, habitat management, animal production (e.g., livestock and aquaculture), and human and environmental health. It fills a large literature gap in ecology, providing a synthesis and future directions important for studies of carrion decomposition that improve the general understanding of decomposition in ecosystems. The book fuses multiple disciplines into a single message explaining the importance of vertebrate carrion ecology in nature.

Illustrates Carrion Decomposition in a 16-Page Color Insert with 40 Photos

The authors illustrate how the study of carrion transcends the globe and expands systems of inquiry, broadening awareness of this important ecosystem process. Whether you are a student, academic, or professional, you will find this book insightful for the fields of molecular ecology, microbiology, entomology, forensics, population biology, community and ecosystem ecology, and human and environmental health.

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