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Publisher Comments:

KEY BENEFIT: Elements of Ecology, Sixth Edition maintains its engaging, reader-friendly style as it explains the basic principles of ecology. The text is updated to include new chapters on current ecological topics; new part introductions to connect the subfields of ecology; and new in-text features to encourage students to interpret the ecological data, research, and models used throughout the text. Abundant, accessible examples illustrate and clarify the text's emphasis on understanding ecological patterns within an evolutionary framework. Additionally, the text employs new study questions requiring students to make connections and apply their knowledge.

KEY TOPICS: Introduction and Background, The Nature of Ecology, Adaptation and Evolution, The Physical Environment, Climate, The Aquatic Environment, The Terrestrial Environment, Organismal Ecology, Plant Adaptations, Animal Adaptations, Life History Patterns, Population Ecology,Properties of Populations, Population Growth, Interspecific Population Regulation, Metapopulations, The Ecology of Species Interactions,Competition, Predation, Parasitism and Mutualism, Community Ecology,Community Structure, Factors Influencing the Structure of Communities, Community Dynamics, Landscape Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, Ecosystem Energetics, Decomposition and Nutrient Cycling, Biogeochemical Cycles, Biogeographical Ecology,Terrestrial Ecosystems, Aquatic Ecosystems, Land-Water Interface, Large-scale Patterns of Biodiversity, Human Ecology, Population Growth, Resource Use, and Sustainability, Habitat Decline, Biodiversity, and Conservation Ecology, Global Climate Change.

MARKET: For all readers interested in the basic principles ecology.

Book News Annotation:

This fifth edition of an introductory text has been updated to emphasize the physical environment, global environmental change, and the interdependent nature of features of the environment and species adaptations. There are two new chapters on landscape ecology and biogeography and biodiversity. Accompanying the text is a separate booklet of Web sites, sources of equipment, media companies, and career information for environmental activism. The text is appropriate for a mixed majors class, and requires minimal background in mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Robert Smith is affiliated with West Virginia University. Thomas Smith is affiliated with the University of Virginia.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Table of Contents

Part I  Introduction and Background

1. The Nature of Ecology

2. Adaptation and Evolution

 

Part II   The Physical Environment

3. Climate

4. The Aquatic Environment

5. The Terrestrial Environment

 

Part III  The Organism and Its Environment

6. Plant Adaptations to the Environment

7. Animal Adaptations to the Environment

8. Life History Patterns

 

Part IV Populations

9. Properties of Populations

10. Population Growth

11. Intraspecific Population Regulation

12. Metapopulations

 

Part V Species Interactions

13. Interspecific Competition

14. Predation

15. Parasitism and Mutualism

 

Part VI Community Ecology

16. Community Structure

17. Factors Influencing the Structure of Communities

18. Community Dynamics

19. Landscape Ecology

 

Part VII Ecosystem Ecology

20. Ecosystem Energetics

21. Decomposition and Nutrient Cycling

22. Biogeochemical Cycles

 

Part VIII Biogeographical Ecology

23. Terrestrial Ecosystems

24. Aquatic Ecosystems

25. Land—Water Margins

26. Large-scale Patterns of Biological Diversity

 

Part IX Human Ecology

27. Population Growth, Resource Use, and Sustainability

28. Habitat Loss, Biodiversity, and Conservation

29. Global Climate Change

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780321068781
Publisher:
Benjamin Cummings
Subject:
Biology
Author:
Smith, Robert Leo
Author:
Smith, Thomas M.
Copyright:
Series:
Ecology Place Series
Publication Date:
20051003
Binding:
Mixed media, eg book and CD-ROM, book and toy etc
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Pages:
744
Dimensions:
11 x 8.22 x 0.925 in 1492 gr

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