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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. It's unique organization of focusing only on several key concepts in each chapter sets it apart from the competition.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction: What is Ecology?
1 Natural History
2 Life on Land
3 Life in Water
4 Temperature Relations
5 Water Relations
6 Energy and Nutrient Relations
7 Social Relations
3 Population Ecology
8 Population Genetics and Natural Selection
9 Population Distribution and Abundance
10 Population Dynamics
11 Population Growth
12 Life Histories
14 Exploitation: Predation, Herbivory, Parasitism, and Disease