Stephen Forbes and the Rise of American Ecology, by Robert Croker, hardcover (good/very good condition)
One of the most prominent American biological scientists of his day, Stephen Forbes (1844 - 1930) is now recognized as an early champion of the emerging field of ecology. Dedicated to public service, he repeatedly demonstrated how ecology and environmental science could not only enlighten citizens, but also effect economic change by improving resource use and management. His Lake as a Microcosm (1887), which stressed the holistic nature of the aquatic ecosystem, is widely hailed as a pioneering work. In this biography, Robert A. Croker presents Forbes's work as a case study in the transition from 19th-century natural history to 20th-century ecological science.