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Elements of Ecology, CourseSmart eTextbook, 8th Edition

By Thomas M. Smith, Robert Leo Smith

Published by Benjamin Cummings

Published Date: Jan 9, 2012

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&>Eighth Edition features expanded quantitative exercises, a restructured chapter on life history, a thoroughly revised species interactions unit including a chapter introducing the subject, and a new chapter on species interactions.

To emphasize the dynamic and experimental nature of ecology, 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. Ecological Genetics: Adaptation and Natural Selection

6. Plant Adaptations to the Environment

7. Animal Adaptations to the Environment

 

III. POPULATIONS

8. Properties of Populations

9. Population Growth

10. Life History

11. Intraspecific Population Regulation

12. Metapopulations

 

IV. SPECIES INTERACTIONS

13. Species Interactions, Population Dynamics and Natural Selection

14. Interspecific Competition

15. Predation

16. Parasitism and Mutualism

 

V. COMMUNITY ECOLOGY

17. Community Structure

18. Factors Influencing the Structure of Communities

19. Community Dynamics

20. Landscape Ecology

 

VI. ECOSYSTEM ECOLOGY

21. Ecosystem Energetics

22. Decomposition and Nutrient Cycling

23. Biogeochemical Cycles

 

VII. BIOGEOGRAPHICAL ECOLOGY

24. Terrestrial Ecosystems

25. Coastal and Wetland Ecosystems

26. Land-Water Margins

27. Large-scale Patterns of Biological Diversity

 

VIII. HUMAN ECOLOGY

28. Population Growth, Resource Use, and Sustainability

29. Habitat Loss, Biodiversity, and Conservation

30 Global Climate Change

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Elements of Ecology, CourseSmart eTextbook, 8th Edition
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$68.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-321-81265-0