Synopses & Reviews
This is the first introductory volume to outline the fundamental ecological principles, which provide the foundation for understanding environmental issues. A strong framework of applied ecology is used to explore specifics such as habitat fragmentation, acid deposition, and the emergence of new human diseases. The volume addresses all aspects of biodiversity and physical setting, population and community ecology, ecology and society, environmental legislation and peering into the future. For those interested in pursuing knowledge in ecology and biodiversity.
Table of Contents
I. BIODIVERSITY AND THE PHYSICAL SETTING. 1. Ecology and the Power of Natural Selection.
2. Chance, Change and Evolution.
3. The Great Wealth of Life: Biodiversity.
5. Ecosystems, Nutrient Cycles, and Soil.
II. POPULATION AND COMMUNITY ECOLOGY. 6. The Ecological Efficiency of Living Things.
7. Who Needs Sex Anyway?
8. Populations and Resources: A Balancing Act.
9. The Power of Predators.
10. Peopling Earth.
III. COMMUNITY ECOLOGY. 11. Biomes.
12. Aquatic Ecosystems.
13. Why Wetlands Aren't Worthless.
14. Making Connections: Fisheries.
16. Community Change.
17. Climate Change and Global Warming.
19. Reserve Design.
IV. ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY. 20. Feeding the World.
21. Pollution: The Other Face of Fertilizers and Pesticides.
22. Atmosphere, Air Pollution, and Ozone.
23. The Use and Supply of Energy.
24. How Does Acid Deposition Affect Ecosystems?
25. Human Disease: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives.
26. Environmental Economics.
27. Environmental Legislation and Policy.
28. Peering into the Future.