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"The authors of The Distribution and Abundance of Animals have now written The Ecological Web, an extended and careful synthesis of theory and field research, which provides an illuminating analysis of how environment influences the distribution and abundance of animals. The work also provides the first comprehensive account, illustrated by numerous case histories, of P. J. den Boer's theory of 'spreading the risk.' . . . Andrewartha and Birch, by shifting the emphasis away from abstract theory and back to consideration of animals in their complex natural environments, have provided a useful guide for ecologically sound conservation and management."—Animal Behaviour

"The Ecological Web presents an entirely fresh look at ecology from the autecological perspective, and is a worthy successor to the authors' classic work, The Distribution and Abundance of Animals. The work is original—indeed unique—and the detailed coverage of case histories is unprecedented. The point of view will be controversial, but every ecologist will be impressed with the competence and completeness with which the arguments are mustered. A 'must' for every ecologist and environmental scientist."—Paul R. Ehrlich

"This book is the naturalist's vision of population ecology. The authors do not intend a formal description of the environment, but are seeking a way of functional analysis, a workable framework of theory within which to ask questions that will help us understand the distribution and abundance of animals in natural populations. The Ecological Web should be studied carefully by every population ecologist and should take a prominent place in the teaching of ecology. It marks a very significant period in our science as we change from one paradigm to another."—P. J. den Boer

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The Ecological Web presents an entirely fresh look at ecology from the autecological perspective, and is a worthy successor to the author's classic work, The Distribution and Abundance of Animals.--Paul R. Ehrlich

Synopsis:

"The authors of The Distribution and Abundance of Animals have now written The Ecological Web, an extended and careful synthesis of theory and field research, which provides an illuminating analysis of how environment influences the distribution and abundance of animals. The work also provides the first comprehensive account, illustrated by numerous case histories, of P. J. den Boer's theory of 'spreading the risk.' . . . Andrewartha and Birch, by shifting the emphasis away from abstract theory and back to consideration of animals in their complex natural environments, have provided a useful guide for ecologically sound conservation and management."—Animal Behaviour

"The Ecological Web presents an entirely fresh look at ecology from the autecological perspective, and is a worthy successor to the authors' classic work, The Distribution and Abundance of Animals. The work is original—indeed unique—and the detailed coverage of case histories is unprecedented. The point of view will be controversial, but every ecologist will be impressed with the competence and completeness with which the arguments are mustered. A 'must' for every ecologist and environmental scientist."—Paul R. Ehrlich

"This book is the naturalist's vision of population ecology. The authors do not intend a formal description of the environment, but are seeking a way of functional analysis, a workable framework of theory within which to ask questions that will help us understand the distribution and abundance of animals in natural populations. The Ecological Web should be studied carefully by every population ecologist and should take a prominent place in the teaching of ecology. It marks a very significant period in our science as we change from one paradigm to another."—P. J. den Boer

Table of Contents

Preface

Part 1 - The Theory of Environment

1. The Theory of Environment

2. The Web: Envirograms

3. Resources

4. Mates

5. Predators

6. Malentities

7. Sharing Resources

Part 2 - General Theory of Population Ecology

8. The Meaning of "Population"

9. Theory of the Distribution and Abundance of Animals

10. Some Controversies in Population Ecology

11. Spreading the Risk in Evolution

Part 3 - Population Ecology as it is Practiced

12. The Ecology of the European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in Southeastern Australia

13. Three Contrasting Case Histories

14. The Ecologies of Three Insects

15. The Ecology of Man

Appendix: The Formal Definition of the Environment of an Animal

B. S. Niven

References and Author Index

Subject Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226020341
Editor:
Birch, L. C.
Author:
Birch, L. C.
Author:
Andrewartha, H. G.
Author:
Andrewartha, Herbert G.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Zoology
Subject:
Zoogeography
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Nature Studies-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
19860731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 halftones
Pages:
520
Dimensions:
9.49x6.86x1.18 in. 1.70 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The Ecological Web presents an entirely fresh look at ecology from the autecological perspective, and is a worthy successor to the author's classic work, The Distribution and Abundance of Animals.--Paul R. Ehrlich
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"The authors of The Distribution and Abundance of Animals have now written The Ecological Web, an extended and careful synthesis of theory and field research, which provides an illuminating analysis of how environment influences the distribution and abundance of animals. The work also provides the first comprehensive account, illustrated by numerous case histories, of P. J. den Boer's theory of 'spreading the risk.' . . . Andrewartha and Birch, by shifting the emphasis away from abstract theory and back to consideration of animals in their complex natural environments, have provided a useful guide for ecologically sound conservation and management."—Animal Behaviour

"The Ecological Web presents an entirely fresh look at ecology from the autecological perspective, and is a worthy successor to the authors' classic work, The Distribution and Abundance of Animals. The work is original—indeed unique—and the detailed coverage of case histories is unprecedented. The point of view will be controversial, but every ecologist will be impressed with the competence and completeness with which the arguments are mustered. A 'must' for every ecologist and environmental scientist."—Paul R. Ehrlich

"This book is the naturalist's vision of population ecology. The authors do not intend a formal description of the environment, but are seeking a way of functional analysis, a workable framework of theory within which to ask questions that will help us understand the distribution and abundance of animals in natural populations. The Ecological Web should be studied carefully by every population ecologist and should take a prominent place in the teaching of ecology. It marks a very significant period in our science as we change from one paradigm to another."—P. J. den Boer

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