What people have to say about Win-Win Ecology

Rosenzweig is marvelous! With vast erudition he has brought to life a novel sub-field of ecology. Win-Win Ecology focuses on saving species just as all hope seems gone! He demonstrates, with many fascinating examples, how humans can at least sometimes construct new ecological niches to replace those that human activity has destroyed. It doesn't always work but it works often enough to supply some hope for the world's future biodiversity. It is not a rosy pipe dream future but a realistic lantern of hope presented in lovely prose. It is necessary reading.

Lawrence B. Slobodkin
Founding Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolution
SUNY-Stony Brook
Author of A Citizen's Guide to Ecology

Win-Win Ecology is a wonderful contribution to a new wave of ecological thinking, a focus on how to preserve biodiversity in habitats already hosting high levels of human activity. Working to make such habitats more hospitable for other organisms is a critical accompaniment to ongoing efforts to protect them in reserves. Everyone should be aware of this hopeful trend.

Paul R. Ehrlich
Center for Conservation Biology
Stanford University

Rosenzweig has done it all — elegant experiments and continent-wide summaries of ecological patterns. He combines those essential experiences with passionate and thoughtful writing to make a compelling case that we can and must live with Nature, not fence her off in reservations.

Stuart Pimm
Doris Duke Chair of Conservation Ecology
Duke University
Author of The World According to Pimm: A Scientist Audits the Earth

Michael Rosenzweig offers an insightful, upbeat, and often entertaining answer to one of the most important environmental challenges of our time: how to share our world with nature while still meeting our material and social wants. His fresh thinking is a welcome reminder that though much has been lost, much can still be saved.

Michael J. Bean
Wildlife Program Director
Environmental Defense Fund

Rosenzweig provides an antidote to both the romantic conservationists and the despoilers of nature with his highly innovative idea of reconciliation, putting Homo sapiens where it belongs — as an integral part of the natural world. A fine book indeed.

John Vandermeer
Margaret Davis Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan
Co-author (with D.E.Goldberg) of Population Ecology: First Principles
Author of Breakfast of Biodiversity: The Truth about Rain Forest Destruction

What (Rosenzweig) proposes is an appealing alternative to the sterile, species-starved environments of many of our landscapes... (He) paints a lovely scenario, and the goal of peaceful coexistence between humans and the rest of the natural world is laudable.

Malcolm G. Scully
Editor at large
The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 28, 2003

Open Win-Win Ecology to discover what many in the conservation community do not dare to admit even in their private thoughts, much less to the world... "The traditional forms of conservation are becoming little more than diversions."
    In thoughtful and elegant prose, peppered with humor and bits of philosophy, Rosenzweig presents an alternative: a hopeful fresh vision. Abandon reserves? Absolutely not... just our false expectations of them. Save biodiversity in the hostile sea of development? You bet. However absurd or offensive this idea might seem, it is the only option left.
    Rosenzweig will make some people unhappy, even angry. They should read on after the first shock, because this book deals in a compelling way with a world we have already made.
    The book is a wonderful source of motivation and inspiration, entertaining and thought-provoking for lay and professional audiences alike.

Gretchen C. Daily
Dept. of Biological Sciences & Center for Environmental Science and Policy
Stanford University
writing in Science 300: 1508-9.

When is the last time you heard any good news about our natural world? In Win-Win Ecology, written for the non-scientist interested and involved in nature, Rosenzweig makes a strong case that the ecological consequences of what man has wrought on this planet are not necessarily as dire as we have come to believe, that there are ways and there is still time to save much of our biodiversity.
    Rosenzweig’s position? (We must) share the habitats of the Earth deliberately with other species. It is the deliberateness which is important here, and which forms the basis of what Rosenzweig terms “reconciliation ecology.” Scientists must study the problem, understand the biological and environmental issues involved, and then develop deliberate ways to reconcile the human need for and current use of the land with the ecological imperatives of our fellow species. This is a new idea in the ecology movement. Rosenzweig very persuasively and gently takes us through the science (that leads to it).
    The heart of this book and the joy of reading it derive from the many examples that Rosenzweig provides from his own research as well as from his own extensive “scientific travels.” And he recounts one success story after another. In case after case (reconciliation ecology) turns out to be feasible and even cost effective.
    Michael Rosenzweig has written a very important book. He shows us with eloquence, erudition, humor and grace that reconciliation ecology works. It is up to us as individuals with domains as small as a back yard, as birding society members, garden club enthusiasts, locally and nationally concerned citizens, and responsible members of an increasingly well-informed global community to read this book, understand its principles, and join this movement to reconcile our own living and working spaces with the needs of other species — our fellow travelers through space and time.

Jerald Winakur
President of the Board of Gemini Ink
San Antonio, Texas
Associate Faculty Member
Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics
University of Texas Health Science Center (San Antonio)

Reconciliation ecology puts humans back in the picture. It accepts the premise that we have already made our mark — permanently — on most of the Earth, that there is no way we're turning back and that the only hope for the rest of life on the planet is that we try to fit them in.
    Rosenzweig has convinced me...We must abandon the impossible dream that we will ever see a Canada like the one that existed centuries ago and get on with building a new world of nature, a world that is as good as it can be.

Jay Ingram
Host of the Discovery Channel's Daily Planet
writing in The Toronto Star, 6 July 2003