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Elements of Ecology, CourseSmart eTextbook, 7th Edition

By Thomas M. Smith, Robert Leo Smith, Robert Jr Smith

Published by Benjamin Cummings

Published Date: Apr 28, 2010

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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 students develop quantitative skills.

 

Each chapter draws upon current research in the various fields of ecology while providing accessible examples that help students understand species natural history, specific ecosystems, the process of science, and ecological patterns at both an evolutionary and demographic scale.

 

To engage students in using and interpreting data, a wide variety of Quantifying Ecology boxes walk through step-by-step examples of equations and statistical techniques.

Table of Contents

 

1. The Nature of Ecology

I. THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

2. Climate

3. The Aquatic Environment

4. The Terrestrial Environment

 

II. THE ORGANISM AND ITS ENVIRONMENT 

5. Adaptation and Natural Selection

6. Plant Adaptations to the Environment

7. Animal Adaptations to the Environment

8. Life History Patterns

 

III. POPULATIONS

9. Properties of Populations

10. Population Growth

11. Intraspecific Population Regulation

12. Metapopulations

 

IV. SPECIES INTERACTIONS

13. Interspecific Competition

14. Predation

15. Parasitism and Mutualism

 

V. COMMUNITY ECOLOGY

16. Community Structure

17. Factors Influencing the Structure of Communities

18. Community Dynamics

19. Landscape Ecology

 

VI. ECOSYSTEM ECOLOGY

20. Ecosystem Energetics

21. Decomposition and Nutrient Cycling

22. Biogeochemical Cycles

 

VII. BIOGEOGRAPHICAL ECOLOGY

23. Terrestrial Ecosystems

24. Coastal and Wetland Ecosystems

25. Land-Water Margins

26. Large-scale Patterns of Biological Diversity

 

VIII. HUMAN ECOLOGY

27. Population Growth, Resource Use, and Sustainability

28. Habitat Loss, Biodiversity, and Conservation

29. Global Climate Change

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$64.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-321-72346-8