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About this book
About this book
The classic introductory text offers a balanced survey of Ecology. It is best known for its vivid examples from natural history, comprehensive coverage of evolution and quantitative approach. Due to popular demand, the fifth edition update brings twenty new data analysis modules that introduce students to ecological data and quantitative methods used by ecologists.
Ecology: The Study of Nature - PART I: LIFE AND THE PHSYICAL ENVIRONMENT - The Physical Environment - Adaptation to Aquatic and Terrestrial Environments - Variations in the Physical Environment - Biological Communities: The Biome Concept - PART II: ECOSYSTEMS - Energy in the Ecosystem - Pathways of Elements in the Ecosystem - Nutrient Regeneration in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems - PART III: ORGANISMS - Adaptations to Life in Varying Environments - Life Histories and Evolutionary Fitness - Sex and Evolution - Society, Family and Evolution - PART IV: POPULATIONS - Population Structures - Population Growth and Regulation - Temporal and Spatial Dynamics of Populations - Population Genetics and Evolution - PART V: SPECIES INTERACTIONS - Relationships Among Species - Competition - Predation - Evolution Responses and Coevolution - PART VI: COMMUNITIES - Community Structure - Community Development - Biodiversity - History and Biogeography - PARTVII: ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS - Extinction and Conservation - Development and Global Ecology - Appendix A: International System of Units - Appendix B: Conversion actors - Glossary -
ROBERT E. RICKLEFS, University of Missouri, St. Louis, USA.