This past weekend, there was an op-ed in the NY Times that questioned the oft-lauded impacts of wolves re-introduced to Yellowstone. In The Wolf’s Tooth, scientist and author Cristina Eisenberg explores the concept of “trophic cascades” and the role of top predators in regulating ecosystems. Her fascinating and wide-ranging work provides clear explanations of the science surrounding keystone predators and considers how this notion can help provide practical solutions for restoring ecosystem health and functioning. Take a look at this weeks foreword Friday selection and judge for yourself how important top predators, like the wolf, are to ecosystems.