Ecology and Field Biology / Edition 5

Ecology and Field Biology / Edition 5

by Robert Leo Smith
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780065009767
Publisher:
Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/07/1997
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
686
Product dimensions:
8.64(w) x 11.23(h) x 1.53(d)

Table of Contents

I. INTRODUCTION.

1. Ecology: Meaning and Scope.

II. THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT.

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

III. THE ORGANISM IN ITS ENVIRONMENT.

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.

IV. INTRASPECIFIC POPULATION ECOLOGY.

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

V. POPULATION INTERACTIONS.

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.

VI. ECOLOGICAL GENETICS.

19. Population Genetics.

VII. THE COMMUNITY.

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

VIII. THE ECOSYSTEM.

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.

IX. COMPARATIVE ECOSYSTEM ECOLOGY.

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..
Glossary.
Bibliography.
Acknowledgements.
Index.

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