Essentials of Ecology

ISBN-10: 1405156589

ISBN-13: 9781405156585

Edition: 3rd 2008 (Revised)

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Description: Essentials of Ecology presents introductory ecology in an accessible, state-of-the-art format designed to cultivate the novice student's understanding of, and fascination with, the natural world. In a concise, engaging style, this text outlines the essential principles of ecology from the theoretical fundamentals to their practical applications. Full color artwork, simple pedagogical features, and a wide range of carefully-chosen examples make this book an ideal introduction to ecology for students at all levels. The third edition of this successful text is much more than a simple update, reflecting the vibrancy of the field. With hundreds of new examples, it contains for the first time a separate chapter on evolutionary ecology, with all other chapters, especially those on applied aspects, having been extensively revised and re-written. The new edition also features new artwork and an enhanced design, making Essentials of Ecology as attractive as it is up-to-date and relevant. Outstanding features of the third edition of Essentials of Ecology include: Dedicated website - available at www.blackwellpublishing.com/townsend, featuring study resources and web research questions Key Concepts - summarized at the beginning of each chapter History boxes outlining key landmarks in the development of ecology Quantitative boxes - allowing mathematical aspects of ecology to be explained clearly without interrupting the flow of the text Topical ECOncerns boxes - highlighting ethical, social and political questions in ecology Review questions - included at the end of each chapter

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List price: $124.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/26/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 532
Size: 10.00" wide x 7.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188

Born in London in 1951 and a student at the University of Leeds, Mike Begon has spent his whole scientific career at the University of Liverpool, where he is now Professor of Ecology, specializing in the population and community ecology of infectious diseases in wildlife.Colin Townsend obtained his DPhil at the University of Sussex before taking up teaching positions at Oxford University and the University of East Anglia. In 1989 he moved from the UK to New Zealand to the University of Otago where he was chair of the Zoology Department, and is now Director of the Ecology, Conservation and Biodiversity Research Group. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1997.John Harper is an award-winning biologist and a leading figure in plant population biology. He has served as a council member of the fellowship of the Royal Society and received the Darwin Award in 1990. He is also the author of Population Biology of Plants and co-author of Essentials of Ecology.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ecology and how to do it
Introduction
Scales, diversity and rigor
Ecology in practice
Ecology's evolutionary backdrop
Introduction
Evolution by natural selection
Evolution within species
The ecology of speciation
Effects of climatic change on the evolution and distribution of species
Effects of continental drift on the ecology of evolution
Interpreting the results of evolution: convergents and parallels
Conditions and Resources
Physical conditions and the availability of resources
Introduction
Environmental conditions
Plant resources
Animals and their resources
Effects of intraspecific competition for resources
Conditions, resources and the ecological niche
Conditions, resources and the world's communities
Introduction
Geographic patterns at large and small scales
Temporal patterns in conditions and resources
Terrestrial biomes
Aquatic environments
Individuals, Populations, Communities and Ecosystems
Birth, death and movement
Introduction
Life cycles
Monitoring birth and death: life tables and fecundity schedules
Dispersal and migration
The impact of intraspecific competition on populations
Life history patterns
Interspecific competition
Introduction
Ecological effects of interspecific competition
Evolutionary effects of interspecific competition
Interspecific competition and community structure
How significant is interspecific competition in practice?
Predation, grazing and disease
Introduction
Prey fitness and abundance
The subtleties of predation
Predator behavior: foraging and transmission
Population dynamics of predation
Predation and community structure
Evolutionary ecology
Introduction
Molecular ecology: differentiation within and between species
Coevolutionary arms races
Mutualistic interactions
From populations to communities
Introduction
Multiple determinants of the dynamics of populations
Dispersal, patches and metapopulation dynamics
Temporal patterns in community composition
Food webs
Patterns in species richness
Introduction
A simple model of species richness
Spatially varying factors that influence species richness
Temporally varying factors that influence species richness
Gradients of species richness
Patterns in taxon richness in the fossil record
Appraisal of patterns in species richness
The flux of energy and matter through ecosystems
Introduction
Primary productivity
The fate of primary productivity
The process of decomposition
The flux of matter through ecosystems
Global biogeochemical cycles
Applied Issues in Ecology
Sustainability
Introduction
The human population 'problem'
Harvesting living resources from the wild
The farming of monocultures
Pest control
Integrated farming systems
Forecasting agriculturally driven global environmental change
Habitat degradation
Introduction
Degradation via cultivation
Power generation and its diverse effects
Degradation in urban and industrial landscapes
Maintenance and restoration of ecosystem services
Conservation
Introduction
Threats to biodiversity
Conservation in practice
Conservation in a changing world
Finale
References
Index
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