9780073383224

Ecology : Concepts and Applications

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  • ISBN13:

    9780073383224

  • ISBN10:

    0073383228

  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/27/2009
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
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Summary

This introductory general ecology text features a strong emphasis on helping students grasp the main concepts of ecology while keeping the presentation more applied than theoretical. An evolutionary perspective forms the foundation of the entire discussion. The book begins with the natural history of the planet, considers portions of the whole in the middle chapters, and ends with another perspective of the entire planet in the concluding chapter. Its unique organization of focusing only on several key concepts in each chapter sets it apart from the competition.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Ecology: Historical Foundations and Developing Frontiers
Natural History and Evolution
Life on Land
Life and Water
Population Genetics and Natural Selection
Adaptations to the Environment
Temperature Relations
Water Relations
Energy and Nutrient Relations
Social Relations
Population Ecology
Population Distribution and Abundance
Population Dynamics
Population Growth
Life Histories
Interactions
Competition
Exploitative Interactions: Predation, Herbivory, Parasitism, and Disease
Mutualism
Communities and Ecosystems
Species Abundance and Diversity
Species Interactions and Community Structure
Primary Production and Energy Flow
Nutrient Cycling and Retention
Succession and Stability
Large-Scale Ecology
Landscape Ecology
Geographic Ecology
Global Ecology
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