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The Background of Ecology: Concept and Theory

Series: Cambridge Studies in Ecology

By: RP McIntosh

383 pages, no illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Nov 1986 | #2745 | ISBN: 0521270871
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Hardback | Jun 1985 | #2653 | ISBN: 052124935X
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About this book

Critical review of the origins and development of ecology.
`It is throughout a reference work of distinction and one which is sure to be of interest to ecologists as well as to historians.' Nature.

'The breadth [of The Background of Ecology] is admirable, the references are thorough and usefully indexed, and the writing is clear.' Science '[Robert McIntosh's] classification of doctrinal tendencies and portrayal of leading controversies provides a valuable guide to a vast and still largely uncharted sea ... it is throughout a reference work of distinction and one which is sure to be of interest to ecologists as well as to historians.' Nature


Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Antecedents of ecology; 2. The crystallization of ecology; 3. Dynamic ecology; 4. Quantitative community ecology; 5. Population ecology; 6. Ecosystem ecology, systems ecology, and big biology; 7. Theoretical approaches to ecology; 8. Ecology and environment; References; Name index; Subject index.

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