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Essentials of Ecology presents introductory ecology in an accessible, state-of-the-art format designed to cultivate the novice student's understanding of, and fascination with, the natural world. In a concise, engaging style, this text outlines the essential principles of ecology from the theoretical fundamentals to their practical applications. Full color artwork, simple pedagogical features, and a wide range of carefully-chosen examples make this book an ideal introduction to ecology for students at all levels.

The third edition of this successful text is much more than a simple update, reflecting the vibrancy of the field. With hundreds of new examples, it contains for the first time a separate chapter on evolutionary ecology, with all other chapters, especially those on applied aspects, having been extensively revised and re-written. The new edition also features new artwork and an enhanced design, making Essentials of Ecology as attractive as it is up-to-date and relevant.

Outstanding features of the third edition of Essentials of Ecology include:

  • Dedicated website - available at www.blackwellpublishing.com/townsend, featuring study resources and web research questions

  • Key Concepts - summarized at the beginning of each chapter

  • History boxes outlining key landmarks in the development of ecology

  • Quantitative boxes - allowing mathematical aspects of ecology to be explained clearly without interrupting the flow of the text

  • Topical ECOncerns boxes - highlighting ethical, social and political questions in ecology

  • Review questions - included at the end of each chapter

Book News Annotation:

This is a more succinct treatment of Ecology: from individuals to ecosystems, designed for an introductory semester-long course. The textbook examines resources and conditions that influence individual species and multispecies communities, the exchange of matter and energy in whole ecosystems, pest management, human pollution, and suggested methods to conserve biodiversity and endangered species. The third edition adds a chapter on evolutionary ecology. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This textbook presents introductory ecology in an accessible, state-of-the-art format designed to cultivate the novice student's understanding of, and fascination with, the natural world. In a concise, engaging style, this text outlines the essential principles of ecology from the theoretical fundamentals to their practical applications. Full color artwork, simple pedagogical features, and a wide range of carefully-chosen examples make this book an ideal introduction to ecology for students at all levels.

The third edition of this successful text is much more than a simple update, reflecting the vibrancy of the field. With hundreds of new examples, it contains for the first time a separate chapter on evolutionary ecology, with all other chapters, especially those on applied aspects, having been extensively revised and re-written. The new edition also features new artwork and an enhanced design, making this book as attractive as it is up-to-date and relevant.

Outstanding features of the third edition of Essentials of Ecology include:

  • Dedicated website - available at www.blackwellpublishing.com/townsend, featuring study resources and web research questions
  • Key Concepts - summarized at the beginning of each chapter
  • History boxes outlining key landmarks in the development of ecology
  • Quantitative boxes - allowing mathematical aspects of ecology to be explained clearly without interrupting the flow of the text
  • Topical ECOncerns boxes - highlighting ethical, social and political questions in ecology
  • Review questions - included at the end of each chapter

Synopsis:

Essentials of Ecologypresents introductory ecology in an accessible, state-of-the-art format designed to cultivate the novice student's understanding of, and fascination with, the natural world.

  • A significantly updated new edition of this popular introductory ecology textbook

  • Outlines the essential principles of ecology from the theoretical fundamentals to their practical applications

  • Contains hundreds of new examples, and for the first time, a separate chapter on evolutionary ecology

  • Student features include: key concepts; “unanswered questions” sections; history boxes outlining key landmarks in the development of ecology; quantitative boxes explaining mathematical aspects of ecology; chapter-by chapter review questions; and “topical concerns” boxes highlighting ethical, social and political questions in ecology

  • Supported by a dedicated website featuring study resources and web research questions (www.blackwellpublishing.com/townsend)

About the Author

Colin R. Townsend is the Director of the Ecology, Conservation and Biodiversity Research Group at the University of Otago. He has published over 150 ecology papers and books, including the best-selling and award-winning Ecology, 4th Edition, with co-authors Michael Begon and John L. Harper. He is also co-editor of the international journal Freshwater Biology.

Michael Begon is Professor of Ecology in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Liverpool. He has authored several books in addition to Ecology and around 150 research articles. His current research interests are focused on the population ecology of pathogens in wildlife populations.

John L. Harper is an award-winning biologist and a leading figure in plant population biology. He has served as a council member of the Fellowship of the Royal Society and received the Darwin Arward in 1990. He is also the author of Population Biology of Plants and a co-author of Ecology.

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Part I: Introduction:.

1. Ecology and how to do it.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 Scales, diversity and rigor.

1.3 Ecology in practice.

2. Ecology’s evolutionary backdrop.

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Evolution by natural selection.

2.3 Evolution within species.

2.4 The ecology of speciation.

2.5 Effects of climatic change on the evolution and distribution of species.

2.6 Effects of continental drift on the ecology of evolution.

2.7 Interpreting the results of evolution: convergents and parallels.

Part II: Conditions and Resources:.

3. Physical conditions and the availability of resources.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Environmental conditions.

3.3 Plant resources.

3.4 Animals and their resources.

3.5 Effects of intraspecific competition for resources.

3.6 Conditions, resources and the ecological niche.

4. Conditions, resources and the world’s communities.

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Geographic patterns at large and small scales.

4.3 Temporal patterns in conditions and resources.

4.4 Terrestrial biomes.

4.5 Aquatic environments.

Part III: Individuals, Populations, Communities and Ecosystems:.

5. Birth, death and movement.

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Life cycles.

5.3 Monitoring birth and death: life tables and fecundity schedules.

5.4 Dispersal and migration.

5.5 The impact of intraspecific competition on populations.

5.6 Life history patterns.

6. Interspecific competition.

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Ecological effects of interspecific competition.

6.3 Evolutionary effects of interspecific competition.

6.4 Interspecific competition and community structure.

6.5 How significant is interspecific competition in practice?.

7. Predation, grazing and disease.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Prey fitness and abundance.

7.3 The subtleties of predation.

7.4 Predator behaviour: foraging and transmission.

7.5 Population dynamics of predation.

7.6 Predation and community structure.

8. Evolutionary ecology.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Molecular ecology: differentiation within and between species.

8.3 Coevolutionary arms races.

8.4 Mutualistic interactions.

9. From populations to communities.

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 Multiple determinants of the dynamics of populations.

9.3 Dispersal, patches and metapopulation dynamics.

9.4 Temporal patterns in community composition.

9.5 Food webs.

10. Patterns in species richness.

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 A simple model of species richness.

10.3 Spatially varying factors that influence species richness.

10.4 Temporally varying factors that influence species richness.

10.5 Gradients of species richness.

10.6 Patterns in taxon richness in the fossil record.

10.7 Appraisal of patterns in species richness.

11. The flux of energy and matter through ecosystems.

11.1 Introduction.

11.2 Primary productivity.

11.3 The fate of primary productivity.

11.4 The process of decomposition.

11.5 The flux of matter through ecosystems.

11.6 Global biogeochemical cycles.

Part IV: Applied Issues in Ecology:.

12. Sustainability.

12.1 Introduction.

12.2 The population ‘problem’.

12.3 Harvesting living resources from the wild.

12.4 The farming of monocultures.

12.5 Pest control.

12.6 Integrated farming systems.

12.7 Forecasting agriculturally driven global environmental change.

13. Habitat degradation.

13.1 Introduction.

13.2 Degradation via cultivation.

13.3 Power generation and its diverse effects.

13.4 Degradation in urban and industrial landscapes.

13.5 Maintenance and restoration of ecosystem services.

14. Conservation.

14.1 Introduction.

14.2 Threats to biodiversity.

14.3 Conservation in practice.

14.4 Conservation in a changing world.

14.5 Finale.

References.

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405156585
Author:
Townsend, Colin R.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
With:
Begon, Michael
Author:
Townsend, Colin
Author:
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Author:
Harper, John L.
Author:
Begon, Michael
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
Zoology
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Subject:
Education-General
Subject:
Ecology & Organismal Biology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised
Publication Date:
February 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
532
Dimensions:
247 x 190 x 18 mm 28 oz

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"Synopsis" by , This textbook presents introductory ecology in an accessible, state-of-the-art format designed to cultivate the novice student's understanding of, and fascination with, the natural world. In a concise, engaging style, this text outlines the essential principles of ecology from the theoretical fundamentals to their practical applications. Full color artwork, simple pedagogical features, and a wide range of carefully-chosen examples make this book an ideal introduction to ecology for students at all levels.

The third edition of this successful text is much more than a simple update, reflecting the vibrancy of the field. With hundreds of new examples, it contains for the first time a separate chapter on evolutionary ecology, with all other chapters, especially those on applied aspects, having been extensively revised and re-written. The new edition also features new artwork and an enhanced design, making this book as attractive as it is up-to-date and relevant.

Outstanding features of the third edition of Essentials of Ecology include:

  • Dedicated website - available at www.blackwellpublishing.com/townsend, featuring study resources and web research questions
  • Key Concepts - summarized at the beginning of each chapter
  • History boxes outlining key landmarks in the development of ecology
  • Quantitative boxes - allowing mathematical aspects of ecology to be explained clearly without interrupting the flow of the text
  • Topical ECOncerns boxes - highlighting ethical, social and political questions in ecology
  • Review questions - included at the end of each chapter

"Synopsis" by , Essentials of Ecologypresents introductory ecology in an accessible, state-of-the-art format designed to cultivate the novice student's understanding of, and fascination with, the natural world.

  • A significantly updated new edition of this popular introductory ecology textbook

  • Outlines the essential principles of ecology from the theoretical fundamentals to their practical applications

  • Contains hundreds of new examples, and for the first time, a separate chapter on evolutionary ecology

  • Student features include: key concepts; “unanswered questions” sections; history boxes outlining key landmarks in the development of ecology; quantitative boxes explaining mathematical aspects of ecology; chapter-by chapter review questions; and “topical concerns” boxes highlighting ethical, social and political questions in ecology

  • Supported by a dedicated website featuring study resources and web research questions (www.blackwellpublishing.com/townsend)

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