Ecology and Field Biology / Edition 6

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This book presents a comprehensive overview of all aspects of ecology, including evolution, ecosystems theory, practical applications, plants, animals, biogeochemical cycles, and global change. A new chapter discusses global environmental change, human impacts on the global carbon cycle, and the possible implications for the global climate system. Six "Ecological Application Essays" demonstrate to students the real world relevance of ecological concepts. For example, Part V, Population Interactions, discusses how a lack of mushrooms helped power the Industrial Revolution. Reflecting current changes in the field of ecology, the new edition incorporates more discussion of the evolutionary perspective on ecological systems. For anyone interested in ecology.
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This sixth edition continues the book's original objective of presenting a balanced introduction to ecology<-->plant and animal, theoretical and applied, psychological and behavioral, population and ecosystem. Revisions include a new chapter on global environmental change, human impacts on the global carbon cycle and possible implications for the global climate system; six new essays demonstrating the relevance of ecological concepts; new information on the evolutionary perspective on ecological systems; and a new organizational system for the entire book, moving from the local to the global view. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321042903
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
  • Publication date: 8/4/2000
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 880
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Ecology: Meaning and Scope.


2. Solar Radiation and Climate.
3. The Physical Environment.
4. Soils.
Ecological Application: How a Lack of Mushrooms Helped Power the Industrial Revolution.


5. Adaptation.
6. Plant Adaptations to the Environment I: Photosynthesis and the Light Environment.
7. Plant Adaptations to the Environment II: Thermal, Moisture, and Nutrient Environments.
8. Animal Adaptations to the Environment.
9. Decomposition.
Ecological Application: St. Patrick and the Absence of Snakes in Ireland.


10. Properties of Populations.
11. Population Growth.
12. Intraspecific Competition: Population Regulation.
13. Life History Patterns.


14. Interspecific Competition.
15. Concepts of Predation.
16. Predators and their Prey.
17. Coevolutionary Interactions: Parasitism and Mutualism.
18. Human Impacts on Populations.
Ecological Application: The Complete Recipe for Apple Pie.


19. Population Genetics.


20. Community Structure.
21. Community Dynamics.
22. Processes Controlling Community Dynamics.
23. Landscape Ecology.
Ecological Application: Asteroids, Bulldozers, and Biodiversity.


24. Ecosystems Productivity.
25. Biogeochemistry I: Nutrient Cycling.
26. Biogeochemistry II: Global Cycles and Human Impacts.
27. Biogeography of Ecosystems.
Ecological Application: Time to Rethink the Lawn.


28. Grassland to Tundra.
29. Forests.
30. Freshwater Ecosystems.
31. Saltwater Ecosystems.
32. Global Environmental Change.
Ecological Application: Time is On Their Side.
Appendix A: Sampling Plant and Animal Populations.
Appendix B: Measuring Community and Population Structure.
Appendix C: Distribution of World Vegetation Maps..

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