Elements of Ecology

Elements of Ecology

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by Robert Leo Smith, Thomas M. Smith
     
 

Known for its emphasis on the relevance of ecology in everyday life and the human impact on ecosystems, Elements of Ecology, Seventh Edition features new “Interpreting Ecological Data” exercises to help readers develop quantitative skills. Each chapter draws upon current research in the various fields of ecology providing accessible

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Known for its emphasis on the relevance of ecology in everyday life and the human impact on ecosystems, Elements of Ecology, Seventh Edition features new “Interpreting Ecological Data” exercises to help readers develop quantitative skills. Each chapter draws upon current research in the various fields of ecology providing accessible examples that help readers understand species natural history, specific ecosystems, the process of science, and ecological patterns at both an evolutionary and demographic scale. The Nature of Ecology, Adaptation and Evolution, Climate, The Aquatic Environment, The Terrestrial Environment, Plant Adaptations to the Environment, Animal Adaptations to the Environment, Life History Patterns, Properties of Populations, Population Growth, Intraspecific Population Regulation, Metapopulations, Interspecific Competition, Predation, Parasitism and Mutualism, Community Structure, Factors Influencing the Structure of Communities, Community Dynamics, Landscape Ecology, Ecosystem Energetics, Decomposition and Nutrient Cycling, Biogeochemical Cycles, Terrestrial Ecosystems, Aquatic Ecosystems, Land—Water Margins, Large-scale Patterns of Biological Diversity,Population Growth, Resource Use, and Sustainability, Habitat Loss, Biodiversity, and Conservation,Global Climate Change

Intended for those interested in learning the basics of ecology

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321036162
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
08/01/1998
Edition description:
4TH PKG

Table of Contents

Prefacexiii
Part IIntroduction1
Part IIThe Physical Environment35
Part IIIThe Organism and Its Environment99
Part IVPopulations169
Part VCommunities239
Part VIEcosystems393
Part VIIBiogeography and Biodiversity465
References627
Glossary645
Credits661
Index665

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