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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.
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In this introductory ecology textbook, Ricklefs (biology, U. of Missouri, St. Louis) describes the ways in which organisms adapt to their surroundings. Twenty-six chapters discuss such topics as biological communities, nutrient regeneration in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, sex and evolution, population growth and regulation, competition, predation, biodiversity, global ecology and economics, extinction, and conservation. More than 30 case studies found throughout the text describe classic and current field and laboratory research. The text is accompanied by numerous color photographs and illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716728153
  • Publisher: Freeman, W. H. & Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The Physical Environment 29
3 Adaptation to Aquatic and Terrestrial Environments 60
4 Variations in the Physical Environment 79
5 Biological Communities: The Biome Concept 103
6 Energy in the Ecosystem 127
7 Pathways of Elements in the Ecosystem 148
8 Nutrient Regeneration in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems 167
9 Regulation of Ecosystem Function 190
10 Homeostasis and Life in Varying Environments 205
11 Life Histories 231
12 Sex 254
13 Family and Society 277
14 Population Structures 301
15 Population Growth and Regulation 326
16 Temporal and Spatial Dynamics of Populations 350
17 Population Genetics and Evolution 369
18 Relationships Among Species 399
19 Competition 425
20 Predation 446
21 Evolution Responses and Coevolution 474
22 Community Structure 499
23 Community Development 521
24 Biodiversity 546
25 History and Biogeography 572
26 Extinction and Conservation 593
27 Development and Global Ecology 614
App. A International System of Units 639
App. B Conversion Factors 642
Glossary 644
Index 664
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