Elements of Ecology / Edition 6

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This book provides readers with a popular modular organization and an easy-to-read writing style that explains the basics of ecology. The authors have updated the Fifth Edition to reflect the current emphasis on the physical environment, global environmental change, and adaptation/evolution. As a result, there are new chapters, a new structure, and new topics found in the table of contents. These changes provide readers with an understanding of the principles governing the relationships between plants, animals, and other living organisms within their environment, and give them skills to critically evaluating public issues related to ecology. Abundant real-life examples illustrate and clarify the book's emphasis on understanding ecological patterns within an evolutionary framework. For instructors and students, or anyone interested in ecology.
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This fifth edition of an introductory text has been updated to emphasize the physical environment, global environmental change, and the interdependent nature of features of the environment and species adaptations. There are two new chapters on landscape ecology and biogeography and biodiversity. Accompanying the text is a separate booklet of Web sites, sources of equipment, media companies, and career information for environmental activism. The text is appropriate for a mixed majors class, and requires minimal background in mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Robert Smith is affiliated with West Virginia University. Thomas Smith is affiliated with the University of Virginia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805348781
  • Publisher: Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 688

Meet the Author

Thomas M. Smith, Associate Professor in Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, received his Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Tennessee in 1982. The main focus of his research over the past two decades has been to develop an individual based theory of community and ecosystems dynamics. As part of this work he has served on numerous national and international panels that have addressed the potential influence of human activities on the global environment. He has authored over 70 publications based on his research, and he has been recognized as one of the most cited scientists in the field of global change research.

Thomas’s work has taken him to over 70 countries and 6 continents. He has served on the faculty of the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa), Australian National University (Canberra, Australia), as well as the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA, USA). In addition, he has held research scientist positions at both Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN, USA) and the Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria). His has over 20 years of experience teaching the science of ecology to both science and non-science majors.

Robert L. Smith holds a Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from Cornell University. He is Professor Emeritus of Ecology at West Virginia University. He has spent over 30 years teaching Ecology and conducting field research throughout the world.

His teaching responsibilities have involved mostly undergraduate courses in general ecology and graduate courses in population ecology and wildlife management. His research has included forest-fire related problems in southern West Virginia, vegetational development and succession on abandoned and reclaimed surface mines, the relation between forest vegetational structure and the forest bird community, and forest habitat assessment and habitat evaluation procedures based on vegetational structure.

Smith has served as a consultant to congressional committees, workshops on environmental education and energy and environmental problems, the National Landmarks program of the U.S. Department of Interior, National Research Council Task Forces on wildlife and fisheries issues and ecological classification systems for implementing environmental quality evaluation procedures.

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Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Part I Introduction 1
Part II The Physical Environment 35
Part III The Organism and Its Environment 99
Part IV Populations 169
Part V Communities 239
Part VI Ecosystems 393
Part VII Biogeography and Biodiversity 465
References 627
Glossary 645
Credits 661
Index 665
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