648 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour illustrations, colour maps, colour tables
With this dramatic transformation, a landmark text that helped define the introductory ecology course for over four decades becomes the first textbook to fully embrace the challenges and opportunities of teaching ecology today. Ecology: The Economy of Nature, Seventh Edition maintains this book's signature evolutionary perspective, coverage of population genetics, and emphasis on the quantitative aspects of the field, but it has been completely rewritten for today's undergraduates – with extensive new pedagogy, fresh, immediate examples (including more aquatic coverage), and full realized, fully integrated media resources.
1. Introduction: Ecology, Evolution, and the Scientific Method
PART I: LIFE AND THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT
2. Adaptations to Aquatic Environments
3. Adaptations to Terrestrial Environments
4. Adaptations to Variable Environments
5. Climates and Soils
6. Terrestrial and Aquatic Biomes
PART II: ORGANISMS
7. Evolution and Adaptation
8. Life Histories
9. Reproductive Strategies
10. Social Behaviors
PART III: POPULATIONS
11. Population Distributions
12. Population Growth and Regulation
13. Population Dynamics over Space and Time
PART IV: SPECIES INTERACTIONS
14. Predation and Herbivory
15. Parasites and Pathogens
PART V: COMMUNITIES AND ECOSYSTEMS
18. Community Structure
19. Community Succession and Development
20. Energy in the Ecosystem
21. Pathways of Elements in the Ecosystem
22. Nutrient Regeneration in the Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems
PART VII: GLOBAL ECOLOGY
23. Global Patterns of Biodiversity
24. Global Conservation
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Robert E. Ricklefs is Curators' Professor of Biology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1995. Bob's research focuses on diversity in ecological systems at several levels of organization and scales of time and space, and he has championed the importance of recognizing the impact of large-scale processes on local ecological assemblages of species. He is one of the world's leading authorities in population ecology of birds. Bob's contributions to the field have been recognized by honorary doctorates from the Universite Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Aarhus University (Denmark), and the University of Burgundy (France).
Rick Relyea is Professor of Biology at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, where he has also been named a Chancellor's Distinguished Researcher. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1998 under the mentorship of Earl Werner. As director of the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology (University of Pittsburgh's field station), Rick investigates a wide variety of topics related to the biology, toxicology, and conservation of aquatic systems, as well as overseeing a diverse set of ecological field courses and facilitating researchers from around the world. He has taught thousands of undergraduate students in introductory ecology, behavioral ecology, and evolution.