Background of Ecology Concept and Theory

ISBN-10: 0521270871
ISBN-13: 9780521270878
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Description: The Background of Ecology is a critical and up-to-date review of the origins and development of ecology, with emphasis on the major concepts and theories shared in the ecological traditions of plant and animal ecology, limnology, and oceanography.  More...

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List price: $108.00
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/26/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

The Background of Ecology is a critical and up-to-date review of the origins and development of ecology, with emphasis on the major concepts and theories shared in the ecological traditions of plant and animal ecology, limnology, and oceanography. The work traces developments in each of these somewhat isolated areas and identifies, where possible, parallels or convergences among them. Dr McIntosh describes how ecology emerged as a science in the context of nineteenth-century natural histor

John P. Smol is a professor in the Biology Department at Queen's University (Canada), with a cross-appointment at the School of Environmental Studies. He co-directs the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL). Professor Smol is co-editor of the Journal of Paleolimnology and holds the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change.William M. Last is a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at University of Manitoba (Canada) and is co-editor of the Journal of Paleolimnology.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Antecedents of ecology
A transformed natural history
What is ecology?
Sources of ecology seen by biologists
Sources of ecology seen by historians
Who founded ecology?
Self-conscious ecology
The crystallization of ecology
Nuclei for ecology
Plant ecology, physiology, and plant geography
Marine ecology
Limnology
Terrestrial animal ecology
The institutionalization of ecology
Dynamic ecology
Early community and equilibrium concepts
Dynamic plant ecology
Animal community dynamics
Aquatic communities
Paleoecology
Equilibrium
Quantitative community ecology
Biogeographical origins
Marine biology
Limnology
Terrestrial plant ecology
Problems of quantitative community ecology
Population ecology
Physiological ecology and population ecology
Definition and antecedents of population ecology
Population census and survey
Theoretical population ecology
Theoretical ecology, competition, and equilibrium
Ecosystem ecology, systems ecology, and big biology
Ecosystem ecology
Systems ecology
The International Biological Program
Systems analysis
Recent ecosystem ecology
Theoretical approaches to ecology
The revolution in theoretical ecology
Ecologists as philosophers
Ecological theory and evolution
Community theory
Ecological laws and principles
Theoretical mathematical ecology
Ecology and environment
Ecology and the conservation movement
Nature preserves and surveys
Human ecology
Ecology and the environmental movement
References
Name index
Subject index

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