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Ecological World View (08 Edition)

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This new textbook fills an important niche by offering a lively overview of the principles of ecology for a broad audience including college level science and biology students as well as readers interested in the fundamentals of ecological science. Filled with many vivid examples of topic issues and current events, The Ecological World View develops a basic understanding of how the natural world works and of how humans interact with the planet's natural ecosystems. It briefly and lucidly covers the history of ecology and describes the general approaches of the scientific method, then takes a wide-ranging look at basic principles of population dynamics and applies them to everyday practical problems. Each chapter is devoted to an important environmental story that has been covered in the media in order to illustrate how the science works in real situations.

About the Author

Charles Krebs is Emeritus Professor of Zoology at the University of British Columbia and Professor in Ecology at the Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra. He is author of Ecology: the Experimental Analysis of Distribution and Abundance (fifth edition) and Ecological Methodology (second edition), among other books.

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Ecology

Chapter 2: Geographic Ecology

Chapter 3: What Limits Geographic Distribution?

Chapter 4: Behavioral Ecology: Evolution in Action

Chapter 5: Population Dynamics — Abundance in Space

Chapter 6: Population Dynamics — Abundance in Time

Chapter 7: Negative Species Interactions — Predation, Herbivory and Competition

Chapter 8: Negative Species Interactions — Infection and Parasitism

Chapter 9: Positive Interaction Between Species — Mutualism and Commensalism

Chapter 10: Population Regulation and the Balance of Nature

Chapter 11: Community Dynamics — Succession

Chapter 12: Community Dynamics — Biodiversity

Chapter 13: Community Dynamics — Food Webs

Chapter 14: Community Dynamics — Disturbance Ecology

Chapter 15: Ecosystem Ecology — Energy Flows and Production

Chapter 16: Ecosystem Ecology — Nutrient Recycling

Chapter 17: Landscape Ecology — Intermingled Ecosystems

Chapter 18: Harvesting Populations — How to Fish Sustainably

Chapter 19: Pest Control: Why We Cannot Eliminate Pests

Chapter 20: Conservation Biology: Endangered Species and Ecosystems

Chapter 21: Ecosystem Health and Human Impacts

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520254794
Author:
Krebs, Charles
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Elwood, Briana
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
150 color illustrations, 300 line illust
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
11.75 x 8.25 x 1.5 in 70 oz

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