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Elements of Ecology Plus Mastering Biology with eText -- Access Card Package, 9th Edition

By Thomas M. Smith, Robert Leo Smith

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Nov 21, 2014


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Elements of Ecology, Ninth Edition continues to explain ecological processes clearly and concisely, with a greater emphasis on the relevance of ecology to everyday life and the human impact on ecosystems. This dramatically revised edition discusses issues of human ecology throughout the text and provides a greater variety of opportunities for students to learn, practice, and develop quantitative and analytical skills. Current research examples and other content updates are supported by more than 200 redesigned, full-color illustrations, graphs, and tables.


Elements of Ecology now includes MasteringBiology®, an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program that improves results by helping students quickly master concepts both in and outside the classroom. The book and MasteringBiology work together to create a classroom experience that enables students to succeed in biology and ecology courses.


With Elements of Ecology, 9/e you can:

  • Personalize Learning with MasteringBiology: MasteringBiology improves results by helping students quickly master ecology concepts both in and outside the classroom.
  • Help Students Interpret and Analyze Ecology Data: New and expanded in-text instruction and practice is provided in Interpreting Ecological Data figure questions, in-depth Quantifying Ecology boxes, and Analyzing Ecological Data case studies.  Many are expanded and assignable in MasteringBiology.
  • Keep Your Course Current and Relevant while also keeping students focused on learning essential concepts: With updated “Field Studies” and research references throughout, the Ninth Edition also provides a streamlined discussion on metapopulations and integrates human ecology concepts into all chapters.   

0321934172/0321934172 Elements of Ecology Plus MasteringBiology with eText -- Access Card Package, 9/e:

Package consists of:

  • 0321934180 / 9780321934185: Elements of Ecology, 9/e
  • 0321976010 / 9780321976017: MasteringBiology with Pearson eText -- ValuePack Access Card -- for Elements of Ecology

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Nature of Ecology

PART 1 The Physical Environment

Chapter 2: Climate

Chapter 3: The Aquatic Environment

Chapter 4: The Terrestrial Environment

PART 2 The Organism and its Environment

Chapter 5: Adaptation and Natural Selection

Chapter 6: Plant Adaptations to the Environment

Chapter 7: Animal Adaptations to the Environment

PART 3 Populations

Chapter 8: Properties of Populations

Chapter 9: Population Growth

Chapter 10: Life History

Chapter 11: Intraspecific Population Regulation

PART 4 Species Interactiions

Chapter 12: Species Interactions, Population Dynamics, and Natural Selection

Chapter 13: Interspecific Competition

Chapter 14: Predation

Chapter 15: Parasitism and Mutualism

PART 5 Community Ecology

Chapter 16: Community Structure

Chapter 17: Factors Influencing the Structure of Communities

Chapter 18: Community Dynamics

Chapter 19: Landscape Dynamics

PART 6 Ecosystem Ecology

Chapter 20: Ecosystem Energetics

Chapter 21: Decomposition and Nutrient Cycling

Chapter 22: Biogeochemical Cycles

PART 7 Ecological Biogeography

Chapter 23: Terrestrial Ecosystems

Chapter 24: Aquatic Ecosystems

Chapter 25: Coastal and Wetland Ecosystems

Chapter 26: Large-Scale Patterns of Biological Diversity

Chapter 27: The Ecology of Climate Change