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Charles A. Cole - associate professor of landscape architecture and ecology, Penn State University Park

Book Title: Elements of Ecology

Author: Thomas M. Smith and Robert Leo Smith

Book Description:

Robert Leo Smith was my master's degree adviser at West Virginia University (and the lone author for the first five editions). His was the first ecology text that I had that explained things simply and clearly and covered a huge range of ideas and topics. The man himself was incredibly knowledgeable, yet friendly, nice, and the quintessential absentminded professor. I guess his mind was on the massive amount of information necessary for this book.

I can think of no better introductory ecology textbook than this. May we all have the joy of meeting such people during our graduate careers.


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