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Ecology (International Edition): Concepts and Applications

Textbook

Series: McGraw-Hill Key Textbooks Series

By: Manuel C Molles (Author)

567 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour maps, tables

McGraw Hill

Paperback | Feb 2012 | Edition: 6 | #200649 | ISBN-13: 9780071317894
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About this book

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.


Contents

1 Introduction to Ecology: Historical Foundations and Developing Frontiers

Section I Natural History and Evolution
2 Life on Land
3 Life and Water
4 Population Genetics and Natural Selection

Section II Adaptations to the Environment
5 Temperature Relations
6 Water Relations
7 Energy and Nutrient Relations
8 Social Relations

Section III Population Ecology
9 Population Distribution and Abundance
10 Population Dynamics
11 Population Growth
12 Life Histories

Section IV Interactions
13 Competition
14 Exploitative Interactions: Predation, Herbivory, Parasitism, and Disease
15 Mutualism

Section V Communities and Ecosystems
16 Species Abundance and Diversity
17 Species Interactions and Community Structure
18 Primary Production and Energy Flow
19 Nutrient Cycling and Retention
20 Succession and Stability

Section VI Large-Scale Ecology
21 Landscape Ecology
22 Geographic Ecology
23 Global Ecology


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Biography

Manuel Molles received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He currently teaches at the University of New Mexico and is also Curator of Fishes and Aquatic Invertebrates. Dr. Molles has written and co-authored a number of publications on various ecology topics throughout his career, many of which he has presented at national and international conferences. Additionally, Dr. Molles was a Fulbright Scholar in Portugal.

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