The 9th edition of Ecology: The Economy of Nature is now supported in Achieve. Achieve supports educators and students throughout the full range of instruction Macmillan's new online learning tool Achieve features intuitive design, assessment, insights, and reporting built with the direct input of students, educators, and our learning science team. Achieve for The Basic Practice of Statistics features The pairing of a powerful new platform with outstanding ecology content provides an unrivalled learning experience.
Content Updates in the ninth edition:
- Questions added to Ecology Today boxes require students to digest what they've learned and apply concepts from the chapter to the closing story. These are designed to spark classroom discussion as well.
- Increased number of questions in Working with Ecological Data boxes require students to make calculations and draw graphs.
- Expanded Ecological Problem Solving boxes require students to graph data and answer questions, create hypotheses of their own.
- New figure questions -- five in each chapter -- require students to think about the figures.
- All chapters have been updated with new studies/research, while maintaining the classical studies ecologists refer to.
About the Authors
1 Introduction: Ecology, Evolution, and the Scientific Method
Part I: Life and the Physical Environment
2 Climates and Biomes
3 Adaptations to Aquatic Environments
4 Adaptations to Terrestrial Environments
5 Adaptations to Variable Environments
Part II: Organisms
6 Evolution and Adaptation
7 Life Histories
8 Reproductive Strategies
9 Social Behaviors
Part III: Populations
10 Population Distributions
11 Population Growth and Regulation
12 Population Dynamics Over Space and Time
Part IV: Species Interactions
13 Predation and Herbivory
14 Parasitism and Infectious Diseases
Part V: Communities and Ecosystems
17 Community Structure
18 Community Succession
19 Movement of Energy in Ecosystems
20 Movement of Elements in Ecosystems
Part VI: Global Ecology
21 Landscape Ecology and Global Biodiversity
22 Conservation of Global Biodiversity
Answers to “Analyzing Ecology” and “Graphing the Data”
Rick Relyea is the Director of the Darrin Fresh Water Institute at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also serves as Director of the Jefferson Project at Lake George, a groundbreaking partnership between Rensselaer, IBM, and the FUND for Lake George. For the Jefferson Project, Rick leads a team of scientists, engineers, computer scientists, and artists who are using highly advanced science and technology to understand, predict, and enable resilient ecosystems. Together, the team has built the “Smartest Lake in the World” at Lake George (NY), using an intelligent sensor network, cutting-edge experiments, and advanced computer modelling. The research is currently expanding to other lakes in the region as The Jefferson Project builds the future of freshwater protection. From 1999 to 2014, Rick was at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2005, he was named the Chancellor’s Distinguished Researcher and in 2014 he received the Tina and David Bellet Award for Teaching Excellence. From 2007 to 2014, he also served as the director of the university’s field station, the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology, where he oversaw a diverse set of ecological field courses and facilitated researchers from around the world.
Rick has taught thousands of undergraduate students in introductory ecology, behavioural ecology, and evolution and nearly 200 undergraduate students have worked in his research group. He has published more than 170 peer-reviewed journal articles in Ecology, Ecology Letters, American Naturalist, Environmental Pollution, PNAS, and other leading ecological journals. His research is recognized throughout the world and spans a wide range of ecological and evolutionary topics, including animal behaviour, sexual selection, ecotoxicology, disease ecology, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, and landscape ecology. Currently, his research focuses on aquatic habitats and the diverse species that live in these ecosystems. Rick is a co-author on the best-selling Environmental Science for the AP Course, Third Edition.