Concepts of Ecology (4e) : 9780134781167

Concepts of Ecology (4e)

 
Edition
 
4
ISBN
 
9780134781167
ISBN 10
 
0134781163
Published
 
10/11/1995
Published by
 
Pearson Higher Ed USA
Pages
 
559
Format
 
Out of stock
 
Title type
Book
$200.99
 
 
 
Description

For sophomore/junior-level courses in Ecology.

Ideal for those studying ecology for the first time —whether or not they've had a first-year course in biology, this text explores the significant concepts of modern ecology using a minimum of jargon and only basic/simple mathematics.

Table of contents

I. ECOLOGY AND ECOSYSTEMS.

 1. Ecology as a Science.

 2. The Nature of Ecosystems.

II. THE ABIOTIC ENVIRONMENT.

 3. Minimums, Tolerances and the Medium.

 4. Insolation, Precipitation and Climate.

 5. Soils, Nutrients and Other Factors.

III. ENERGY FLOW IN ECOSYSTEMS.

 6. Energy Fixation by Autotrophs.

 7. Energy Flow Beyond the Producers.

IV. BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES AND ECOSYSTEMS.

 8. Gaseous and Sedimentary Nutrient Cycles.

 9. Nutrient Budgets and Ecosystems.

V. POPULATION ECOLOGY.

10. Population Growth and Structure.

11. Population Regulation.

VI. COMMUNITY ECOLOGY.

12. The Structure and Function of Communities.

13. Stability and Change in Communities.

VII. MAJOR ECOSYSTEMS OF THE WORLD.

14. Biomes, The Major Terrestrial Ecosystems.

15. Aquatic Ecosystems.

VIII. HUMAN ECOLOGY.

16. The Nature of Human Ecology.

17. The Human Population.

18. Anthropogenic Impact on Aquatic Ecosystems.

19. Anthropogenic Impact on Terrestrial Systems.

20. Anthropogenic Impact on the Atmosphere.

Features & benefits
  • focuses on the development of four major concepts — including their historical background:
    • energy flow

    • nutrient cycles

    • population ecology

    • community ecology

  • reorganizes content into smaller chapters.
  • updates and expands coverage of:
    • abiotic factors — including air, insolation, precipitation, soils, nutrients, ionizing radiation, and fire

    • energy flow (with increased emphasis on decomposition)

    • nutrient cycling

    • population ecology

    • community ecology

  • the interaction of ecology and evolution.
  • updated section on applied ecology/human ecology.
  • Section on ecological ethics.
  • Literature citations to the text in the style common to professional journals. Cites journals that are readily available in most college libraries.