Insect Physiological Ecology
Mechanisms and Patterns
Insects exhibit incredible physiological diversity, making them ideal model organisms for the purpose of this book. The authors draw together the central issues in physiology (nutrition, water balance, temperature, etc.), treating each in sufficient detail to give researchers a broad update in summary form, as well as senior students a feel for current work in the field. In addition, they examine patterns in physiological variation, and go on to explore the mechanisms underlying this variation as well as the ecological and evolutionary consequences.
Chown & Nicolson (2004). Insect Physiological Ecology. Mechanisms and Patterns. OUP.
The Prince Edward Islands
Land-Sea Interactions in a Changing Ecosystem
This book provides a modern, synthetic overview of what is known about the structure, functioning and interactions of marine and terrestrial systems at the Prince Edward Islands. Building on more than 50 years of biological, geological, meteorological, and oceanographic research, it demonstrates not only how inextricably linked marine and terrestrial systems at the islands are, but also how global environmental challenges, such as climate change, biological invasions, and over exploitation, are playing out at the regional and local levels in the Southern Ocean.
Chown & Froneman (2008). The Prince Edward Islands. Land-Sea Interactions in a Changing Ecosystem. Sun Press.
Marion & Prince Edward
Africa’s Southern Islands
This book tells the story of Marion Island and Prince Edward Island, South Africa’s southernmost territories; their fiery origins, their discovery and exploitation, the amazing plants and animals that live and grow there, and their current importance for research and conservation.
The book features various photographs which capture the beauty of these remote and unique environments.
Terauds, Cooper, Chown & Ryan (2010). Marion and Prince Edward. Africa’s Southern Islands. Sun Press.
A Natural History
This book provides a well-illustrated, absorbing account of Gough Island’s remarkable plants and animals, and a compelling history of its discovery and exploration.
The authors bring to this work their considerable experience of remote, Southern Ocean islands and conservation in the region, making the book essential reading not only for island and seabird enthusiasts, but also for those concerned with biodiversity and its conservation in remote locations.
Hänel, Chown & Gaston (2005). Gough Island. A Natural History. Sun Press.
Observations on Environmental Change in South Africa
Environmental changes are progressively affecting the future of South Africans through their combined impacts on human livelihood, security and prosperity.
This book is about environmental change in South Africa, its causes, trends, implications, suggested solutions and the technologies and methodologies of observation and analysis. It draws together work from as many scientific disciplines as possible to inform not only the private sector and political decision makers, but also the general public on current environmental issues and challenges.
Observations on Environmental Change in South Africa provides pertinent scientific evidence to assist the people of our country in formulating intelligent and responsible policies and practices for the betterment of our society and to ensure the long-term sustainable futures of South Africans.
Chown, Terauds, Huntley, le Roux, Ramawiela, Shaw, McGeoch (2011) South Africa’s southern sentinel: Terrestrial environmental change at sub-Antarctic Marion Island, in Observations on Environmental Change in South Africa, eds Larry Zietsman, Sun Press