Stable Isotopes in Ecological Research

  • P. W. Rundel
  • J. R. Ehleringer
  • K. A. Nagy
Conference proceedings

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 68)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Stable Isotopes:History, Units, and Instrumentation

    1. J. R. Ehleringer, P. W. Rundel
      Pages 1-15
  3. Ecophysiological Studies in Plants

  4. Animal Food Webs and Feeding Ecology

  5. Ecosystem Process Studies

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 513-525

About these proceedings


The analysis of stable isotope ratios represents one of the most exciting new technical advances in environmental sciences. In this book, leading experts offer the first survey of applications of stable isotope analysis to ecological research. Central topics are - plant physiology studies - food webs and animal metabolism - biogeochemical fluxes. Extensive coverage is given to natural isotopes of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur, and strontium in both terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Ecologists of diverse research interests, as well as agronomists, anthropologists, and geochemists will value this overview for its wealth of information on theoretical background, experimental approaches, and technical design of studies utilizing stable isotope ratios.


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Editors and affiliations

  • P. W. Rundel
    • 1
  • J. R. Ehleringer
    • 2
  • K. A. Nagy
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Biomedical and Environmental SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-8127-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-3498-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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