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About this book
About this book
Documents how ecology has emerged from being a predominantly descriptive subject to one with a more substantial theoretical framework underpoinned by evidence from experiments. In this advance, improved technology has undoubtedly played a most significant role - few ecologists could operate without a computer to hand and many branches of the subject require very sophisticated instrumentation.
Paperback re-issue, originally pulished by Blackwell in 1989.
Part I: Introduction: Toward A More Exact Ecology: A Personal View Of The Issues Part II: Physiological Processes In Free-Living Organisms: Gas Exchange Of Plants In The Field Telemetric Recording Of Physiological Data From Free-Living Animals Determination Of Respiration Rates Of Free-Living Animals By The Double-Labelling Technique Part III: Control Of Population Size: Analysis Of Insect Population Dynamics Control Of Population Size In Birds: The Grey Partridge As A Case Study Mechanisms In Plant Population Control Part IV: Evolutionary And Behavioural Ecology: The Reproductive Ecology Of Plants And Eusocial Animals Comparative Studies In Evolutionary Ecology: Using The Data Base An Experimentalist's Approach To The Role Of Costs Of Reproduction In The Evolution Of Life-Histories Part V: Interrelationships Between Organisms: Factors Affecting The Relative Abundances Of Forest Tree Species Insect Herbivory And Plant Defence Theory Butterfly-Ant Mutualisms Part VI: Ecosystem Ecology: Energy Flow And Productivity In The Oceans Soils As Components And Controllers Of Ecosystem Processes Part VII: Applied Ecology: Forest Decline In Central Europe: The Unravelling Of Multiple Causes Water Pollution And The Management Of Ecosystems: A Case Study Of Science And Scientist Toward An Exact Human Ecology
Peter Grubb is Professor of Ecology at the University of Cambridge. John Whittaker is Professor at the University of Lancaster.