Leeds University Library

GEOG1045: Living Planet

Living Planet, 2017/18, Semester 1, 2
Dr Sheila Palmer
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Core text

Jackson, R. W., Jackson, J. M., 2000. Environmental Science: the natural environment and human impact . 2nd edition, Prentice Hall, Harlow.

· Chapter 5: Basic introduction to the water, carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorous cycles.

· Chapter 3: Basic introduction to soil formation.

· Chapter 9: Introduction to ecosystems and biomes.

· Chapter 8: Introduction to biological communities

· Plus chapters and case studies on human impacts on the natural environment.

Holden, J., 2008. An introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment . 2 nd Edition, Pearson Education Limited, Harlow, UK.

· Chapter 7: Soil and the environment

· Chapter 8: The biosphere

· Chapter 9: biological concepts

· Chapter 10: Ecological processes

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Reading for Biogeochemistry

Schlesinger, W. H., 1991, Biogeochemistry: An analysis of global change . Academic Press, San Diego. More extensive information on the carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous cycles.

Galloway, J. N., Aber, J. D., Erisman, J. W., Seitzinger, S. P., Howarth, R. W., Cowling, E. B., and Cosby, B. J., 2003. The nitrogen cascade. Bioscience. . 53 , 341-356.

Cordell, D., Drangert, J.-O., and White, S., 2009. The story of phosphorus: Global food security and food for thought. Global environmental change : human and policy dimensions. . 19 , 292-305.

Compton, J., Mallinson, D., Glenn, C. R., Filippelli, G., Follmi, K., Shields, G., and Zanin, Y., 2000. Variations in the global phosphorous cycle, Marine authigenesis : from global to microbial SEPM.

UNESCO-SCOPE Policy Brief - N° 4 April 2007
Human alteration of the nitrogen cycle: threats, benefits and opportunities, from http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0015/001509/150916e.pdf

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Reading for Soils

Brady, N.C. and Weil., R.R ., 1999. The nature and properties of soils . Prentice Hall, New Jersey . 12th Edn. Other editions do exist and are just as good. Chapters 1, 2, 4, 8, 9 & 12

Chapman, P.J., 2005. Soil and the Environment. In: An introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment Ed. J. Holden. Pearson Education Ltd. Chapter 7

Jenny, H., 1941. Factors of soil formation : a system of quantitative pedology McGraw Hill, New York, London. Chapter 1: Definitions and concepts.

Schaetzl, R. and Anderson, S., 2005. Soils : genesis and geomorphology . Cambridge University Press, New York. Available online as an electronic book, e-book, from University Library.

White, R.E., 2006. Principles and Practice of Soil Science: The Soil as a Natural Resource . 4th Edition, Blackwell Science, Oxford, UK. Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7.

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Reading for Ecology

Core texts

Holden, J (2011) An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment. Third Edition, Pearson Education Limited, Harlow, UK.

Part V: The Biosphere; Chapters 18–21

Campbell, N (2011) Biology 9 th Edition, Pearson Education Limited, USA

(6 th edition or later is appropriate though the course specifically uses the 9 th edition; there is no need to buy this book unless you wish to do so as the library has many copies; chapter numbers and titles refer to the 9 th edition)

Chapters and sections as listed within lectures, including

Chapter 1: Introduction: Themes in the study of life

Chapter 10: Photosynthesis

Chapter 23: The Evolution of Populations

Chapter 24: The Origin of Species

Chapter 25: The History of Life on Earth

Chapter 53: Population Ecology

Chapter 54: Community Ecology

Chapter 55: Ecosystems and Restoration Ecology

Chapter 56: Conservation Biology and Global Change


Additional reading

Gelling et al., (2007) Are hedgerows the route to increased farmland small mammal density? Use of hedgerows in British pastoral habitats Landscape ecology.22:1019-32

Gormley et al., (2005) Capture-recapture estimates of Hector's dolphin abundance at Banks Peninsula, New ZealandMarine mammal science21:204–216

Jackson & Overpeck (2000) Responses of plant populations and communities to environmental changes of the late QuaternaryPaleobiology.26: 194 – 220

Seehausen & Alphen (1998) The effect of male coloration on female mate choice in closely related Lake Victoria cichlids ( Haplochromis nyererei complex)Behavioral ecology and sociobiology.42:1-8

Welter-Schultes Williams (1999): History, island area and habitat availability determine land snail species richness of Aegean islands. --Journal of biogeography.26 (2): 239-249.


Watkinson & Harper (1978) Demography of a sand dune annual – Vulpia fasciculate. 1. Natural regulation of populations.Journal of ecology.66:15–33 


This list was last updated on 14/07/2014