Economy of Nature: A Textbook in Basic Ecology / Edition 3

Economy of Nature: A Textbook in Basic Ecology / Edition 3

by Robert E. Ricklefs
     
 

The fourth edition of The Economy of Nature has been thoroughly revised to improve clarity and update coverage of many new developments in the field. As in previous editions, Robert Ricklefs balances theory with experimental studies and empirical examples of ecological patterns in a style that has made his text a favorite among students and instructors. Treatment of… See more details below

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The fourth edition of The Economy of Nature has been thoroughly revised to improve clarity and update coverage of many new developments in the field. As in previous editions, Robert Ricklefs balances theory with experimental studies and empirical examples of ecological patterns in a style that has made his text a favorite among students and instructors. Treatment of the biome concept of ecology - new to this edition; new coverage of phenotypic plasticity, patch dynamics, and landscape ecology among other topics; new two-color art program enhances the graphical presentation of data and concepts; expanded comparison of terrestrial and aquatic biomes; lively narrative accounts of the natural history of organisms; math-friendly presentation of models of ecological processes; and study aids include chapter-opening outlines, numbered summaries, boldfaced key terms, and a new secondary heading structure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780716724094
Publisher:
Freeman, W. H. & Company
Publication date:
01/01/1993
Edition description:
3rd ed
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
7.87(w) x 9.84(h) x (d)
Age Range:
16 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2The Physical Environment29
3Adaptation to Aquatic and Terrestrial Environments60
4Variations in the Physical Environment79
5Biological Communities: The Biome Concept103
6Energy in the Ecosystem127
7Pathways of Elements in the Ecosystem148
8Nutrient Regeneration in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems167
9Regulation of Ecosystem Function190
10Homeostasis and Life in Varying Environments205
11Life Histories231
12Sex254
13Family and Society277
14Population Structures301
15Population Growth and Regulation326
16Temporal and Spatial Dynamics of Populations350
17Population Genetics and Evolution369
18Relationships Among Species399
19Competition425
20Predation446
21Evolution Responses and Coevolution474
22Community Structure499
23Community Development521
24Biodiversity546
25History and Biogeography572
26Extinction and Conservation593
27Development and Global Ecology614
App. AInternational System of Units639
App. BConversion Factors642
Glossary644
Index664

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