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S&RE Library Research - Natural Environments

When using the Library Catalog, enter specific search terms to help narrow your focus. For example, searching for "Ecology" is more helpful than simply searching for "Nature" and—depending on your particular topic"Ecosystem Services" or "Microplastic Pollution" might be even better.

Consider also filtering your search results by media type (e.g. books, streaming videos &c) or arranging them by most recent publication date. Newer is not always better, but more recent scholarship does have the benefit of hindsight. Finding current information is especially important for fast-changing fields and technologies, whether it be the latest climate data and projections or best practices in sustainable forestry.


If you find resources particularly helpful for your research interests, use the catalog entry to your advantage and search for other books or media with similar subject headings and keywords.

Example Topics in Ecology, Conservation & Sustainability

Ecology & Conservation Biology

  • Ecological Indicator

  • Ecoinformatics

  • Food Chains & Food Webs

  • Keystone Species

  • Trophic Level

  • Nitrogen Cycle

  • Biodiversity

  • Habitat Destruction

  • Overexploitation

  • (Ecological) Cascade Effect

  • Global Carrying Capacity

  • Endangered Species

  • Extinction

  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

  • Invasive Species

  • Colony Collapse Disorder

Hydrologic Cycle

  • Evapotranspiration

  • Precipitation

  • Desertification

World Oceans

  • Thermohaline Circulation

  • Temperature-Salinity (T-S) Diagram

  • Phytoplankton

  • Blue Carbon

  • Ocean Acidification

  • Coral Bleaching

  • Ocean Hypoxia (or Deoxygenation)

  • Eutrophication

Planetary Boundaries

Resource Management

  • Natural Capital

  • Ecosystem Services

  • Sustainable Forestry

  • Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Eco-Tourism

Climate Change

  • Global Warming vs. Global Weirding

  • Greenhouse Gas (Effect)

  • Radiative Forcing

  • Carbon Cycle

  • Carbon Fixation

  • Atmospheric Carbon

  • Thermal Inertia

  • Zero Emissions & Negative Emissions

  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Environmental Pollution & Remediation

  • Point Source vs. Nonpoint Source

  • Emission Standard

  • Acid Rain

  • Ozone Layer & Ozone Depletion

  • Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI)

  • Bioaccumulation

  • Microplastics

  • Brownfield

    • Superfund Site

  • Radioactivity

  • Externality (Economics)

  • Hazardous Waste

  • Over-Illumination & Light Trespass

  • Bioremediation

    • Phytoremediation

    • Mycoremediation

  • Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS)