Essentials of Ecology

Essentials of Ecology

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By (author) Colin R. Townsend, By (author) Michael Begon, By (author) John L. Harper

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 532 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 244mm x 26mm | 1,139g
  • Publication date: 3 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 1405156589
  • ISBN 13: 9781405156585
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (chiefly col.), col. maps
  • Sales rank: 49,185

Product description

This textbook 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 this book 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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Author information

Colin R. Townsend is the Director of the Ecology, Conservation and Biodiversity Research Group at the University of Otago. He has published over 150 ecology papers and books, including the best-selling and award-winning Ecology , 4th Edition, with co-authors Michael Begon and John L. Harper. He is also co-editor of the international journal Freshwater Biology. Michael Begon is Professor of Ecology in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Liverpool. He has authored several books in addition to Ecology and around 150 research articles. His current research interests are focused on the population ecology of pathogens in wildlife populations. John L. 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 Arward in 1990. He is also the author of Population Biology of Plants and a co-author of Ecology .

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"In a concise, engaging style, this book contains the essential principles of ecology from theoretical to their practical applications." (Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, July/August 2008) "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." (Biotechnologie, Agronomie Societe et Environment)

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"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

Table of contents

Full contents vi Preface x Acknowledgments xii Part I Introduction 1 1 Ecology and how to do it 3 2 Ecology's evolutionary backdrop 36 Part II Conditions and Resources 67 3 Physical conditions and the availability of resources 69 4 Conditions, resources and the world's communities 110 Part III Individuals, Populations, Communities and Ecosystems 143 5 Birth, death and movement 145 6 Interspecific competition 182 7 Predation, grazing and disease 217 8 Evolutionary ecology 251 9 From populations to communities 281 10 Patterns in species richness 323 11 The flux of energy and matter through ecosystems 357 Part IV Applied Issues in Ecology 387 12 Sustainability 389 13 Habitat degradation 423 14 Conservation 455 References 483 Index 495