Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 1998


Published in Great Plains Research Vol. 8, No.1, 1998. Copyright © 1998 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Used by permission.


Wyoming is a remarkable place, a showcase for ecological pattern and process; and this is an excellent book with an exceptional range of information, a book appropriate in vision to its magnificent subject. Dennis Knight has produced a wide-ranging general ecology, sure to be effective as a college-level textbook not only in Wyoming, but across the Great Plains, the Rockies, and even the Great Basin. Despite its title, it is not stubbornly or even preponderantly about landscape ecology. Read "landscape" in a panoramic, common sense way rather than as a technical term. The book treats ecology on many scales: bioregions, ecosystems, landscapes, communities, and often the autecology of species and homeostatic individuals making a living in a physically challenging place.