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The Modern Scholar Lecture

The Modern Scholar: Ecological Planet: An Introduction to Earth's Major Ecosystems

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From jungles and rain forests to the driest deserts and barren arctic terrain, Planet Earth comprises a breathtaking array of ecosystems. As quickly becomes apparent, no one ecosystem exists independently of the rest, and no matter where a person resides, an understanding of all the ecosystems and how they work together as a living planet provides a better understanding of man's place on Earth and the future of the environment.

In this series of lectures, renowned ornithologist John Kricher presents an absorbing analysis of the diverse ecosystems that exist on Planet Earth. He provides a factual study of the many fragile and threatened portions of our biosphere while describing the interaction between each system and the effect of man's presence in these ecosystems. Professor Kricher also explains the amazing variety of flora and fauna that inhabit the individual ecosystems and addresses current ecological issues facing mankind.

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©2008 John Kricher; (P)2008 Recorded Books

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  • Kimberly
    Waynesville, GA, United States
    12/06/09
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    "Author is a True Ecologist"

    I really like how Kricher shared his personal experiences with me as I followed him on a journey around the Earth. There were so many interesting stories about the plants and animal interactions in the different ecosystems. I have a strong science background and I still learned a lot by listening to this lecture series. I will be sharing what I learned with others. Highly recommended.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • serine
    ARDMORE, PA, United States
    23/01/16
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    "systems science at its best!"

    Complexity is my absolute favorite thing to study. There are fewer subjects more integral to complexity than ecology and cosmology. This lecture series in ecology was superb. Kricher masterfully guided his audience through how the earth function as a system, as well as through all of Earth's nested systems.

    This is systems science at its best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C.
    Saint Louis, MO, United States
    06/03/12
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    "This got me interested in science"
    Would you listen to The Modern Scholar again? Why?

    Absolutely. Though in general I prefer the Great Courses from the Teaching Comnpany, this is a star in the Modern Scholar series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Describing the oceans and their regions: benthic, littoral, etc. Fascinating creatures.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Well, I listened it two years ago, and it got me interested in science. I've explored all kinds of science since then, but especially bio.


    Any additional comments?

    For literature courses from the Modern Scholar, Prof. Drout is GREAT.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    24/12/09
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    "Good Scholarly Review"

    You need to be either an academic or have a detailed knowledge of the field. A bit dry but a great coverage of the topic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J. Huebert
    San Francisco, CA United States
    30/03/09
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    "Great introduction or supplement to coursework"

    I selected this as a crash course in ecology to supplement my graduate studies in a related field. The content is just what I'd expect in an introductory course, the lecture style is quite nice and his voice is pleasant to listen to. Wish there were more lecture series like this available!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DWuna
    05/09/16
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    " thank you for trip around the world"

    loved learning of my area. Oregon coast. the rest was a bonus, your voice calming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C. Sahu
    Southern California
    09/12/13
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    "No chapters!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This 8-hour audiobook has no chapter divisions. As a result, when I listen to it on my iPod and I lose my place (because I fell asleep or just want to review a previous section or whatever), it's almost impossible to go back to where I was. I have to keep my finger on the rewind button forever. All my other Modern Scholar audiobooks have at 14 to 16 chapters. This one is unnavigable. A real drag.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The lectures themselves are excellent. Great general overview of how animal and plant species interact in different climates. And the author's personal anecdotes make you feel as if you're there.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gare
    Washington, DC, USA
    08/02/09
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    "A crash course in ecology for the very smart..."

    Easy and affably aimed at the autodidact...but not the dilettante. A good thinly comprehensive overview for the undergrad majors.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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