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About this book
About this book
The role of evolution in the patterns and observed processes in microbial ecology has long been neglected in available texts, yet the interface between evolution and ecology has been fruitful in explaining many macrobiological phenomena and should also help explain patterns in the microbiological world. Microbial Ecology provides a unique and exciting interface for the training of microbial ecologists, environmental microbiologists and ecologists in general.
SECTION I. Ecology and Evolution Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Molecules and Origins of Life Chapter 3. Species concepts and speciation SECTION II. Ecology of Individuals Chapter 4. The Individual Chapter 5. Growth and Feeding Chapter 6. Ecology of Sex SECTION III. Living Together in Populations Chapter 7. Fundamentals of microbial population ecology Chapter 8. Metapopulations, Multicellularity, and Modular Growth Chapter 9. Effects of Habitats, Genome Size, Diversity and Bacterial Communication on Population Processes Chapter 10. Population Spatial Stability SECTION IV. Living Together in Communities Chapter 11. Characteristics of Communities and Diversity Chapter 12. Concepts in Community Ecology Chapter 13. Microbes and the Processing of Nutrients Chapter 14. Species Interactions and Processes Chapter 15: More Species Interactions Bibliography Glossary Figure Legends
Dr. J Vaun McArthur's research interests are quite diverse and span scales from ecological genetics to bacteria to ecosystem level studies with occasional forays into population and communicty ecology of invertebratesa nd microbes. His current emphasis is on the role of indirect selection in the spread of antibiotic resistance in aquatic (freshwater and marine) bacteria. He has taugh General Zoology, Biology, Ecology, Microbial Ecology, Microbiology, Environmental Science, and Limnology. He holds adjunct faculty appointments at the Institute of Ecology at UGA and the Department of Entomology at Clemson University.
416 pages, illus.
The author does an excellent job in describing fundamental concepts in evolutionary ecology and discussing how these concepts may apply to microorganisms in natural environments. It is unique in that it focuses on general ecological and evolutionary principles instead of rehashing information that could be found in current microbiology textbooks. This book would be most appropriate for readers that already have a solid background in microbiology and are interested in exploring the emerging field of microbial ecology. - Noah Fierer, University of Colorado, in ECOLOGY "Even medical microbiologists, who still isolate and study pathogens in pure culture, now, recognize that we can truly fathom microbial life only studying heterogeneous, evolving communities of microorganisms. Vaun McArthur set out to portray this wider reality, and has succeeded..." - Bernard Dixon in BIOLOGIST