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GEOG1045: Living Planet

Living Planet, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Roel Briennen
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Core text

Holden, J., 2017. An introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment. 4TH Edition, Pearson Education Limited, Harlow, UK.

· Chapters on Soil and the environment, The biosphere and Ecosystem 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


Broecker, W.S. (2005) The role of the ocean in climate yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  Eldigio Press, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, New York, pp183.  Available to download from

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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.


Avery, B.W. (1980) Soil classification for England and Wales (higher categories). Soil Survey Technical Monograph No. 14. Harpenden.

Bot, A. & Benites, J. (2005) The importance of soil organic matter. FAO Bulletin 80.  Available online at:

Bullock, P. (1971) The Soils of the Malham Tarn area.  Field Studies Journal 3, 381-408.

Clayden, B. and Hollis, J.M. (1984) Criteria for differentiating soil series ISBN: 0708403603 (pbk). Soil Survey Technical Monograph No. 17. Harpenden.

Any of the Soil Survey texts e.g. Caroll, D.M., Hartnup, R. And Jarvis, R.A. (1979) Soils of South and West Yorkshire. Soil Survey of Great Britain, Bulletin No. 7, Harpenden.

Rawls, W.J., Pachepsky, Y.A., Ritchie, J.C., Sobecki, T.M., Bloodworth, H. (2003). Effect of soil organic carbon on soil water retention. Geoderma. ISSN: 0016-7061 116: 61-76.

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Reading for Ecology

Core texts

Holden, J., 2017. An introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment. 4TH Edition, Pearson Education Limited, Harlow, UK.

Chapters on the Biosphere and Ecosystem processes.

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 Zealand Marine mammal science 21:204–216

Jackson & Overpeck (2000) Responses of plant populations and communities to environmental changes of the late Quaternary Paleobiology. 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.

 Laurance, W.F., Lovejoy, T.E., Vasconcelos, H.L., Bruna, E.M., Didham, R.K., Stouffer, P.C., Gascon, C., Bierregaard Jr, R.O., Laurance, S.G. and Sampaio, E.M., 2002. Ecosystem Decay of Amazonian Forest Fragments: A 22-Year Investigation. Conservation Biology.

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



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