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Essentials of Ecology, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5658-5
532 pages
February 2008, ©2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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This textbook presents introductory ecology in an accessible, state-of-the-art format designed to cultivate the novice student's understanding of, and fascination with, the natural world. In a concise, engaging style, this text outlines the essential principles of ecology from the theoretical fundamentals to their practical applications. Full color artwork, simple pedagogical features, and a wide range of carefully-chosen examples make this book an ideal introduction to ecology for students at all levels.

The third edition of this successful text is much more than a simple update, reflecting the vibrancy of the field. With hundreds of new examples, it contains for the first time a separate chapter on evolutionary ecology, with all other chapters, especially those on applied aspects, having been extensively revised and re-written. The new edition also features new artwork and an enhanced design, making this book as attractive as it is up-to-date and relevant.

Outstanding features of the third edition of Essentials of Ecology include:

  • Dedicated website - available at www.blackwellpublishing.com/townsend, featuring study resources and web research questions
  • Key Concepts - summarized at the beginning of each chapter
  • History boxes outlining key landmarks in the development of ecology
  • Quantitative boxes - allowing mathematical aspects of ecology to be explained clearly without interrupting the flow of the text
  • Topical ECOncerns boxes - highlighting ethical, social and political questions in ecology
  • Review questions - included at the end of each chapter
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Full contents vi

Preface x

Acknowledgments xii

Part I Introduction 1

1 Ecology and how to do it 3

2 Ecology's evolutionary backdrop 36

Part II Conditions and Resources 67

3 Physical conditions and the availability of resources 69

4 Conditions, resources and the world’s communities 110

Part III Individuals, Populations, Communities and Ecosystems 143

5 Birth, death and movement 145

6 Interspecific competition 182

7 Predation, grazing and disease 217

8 Evolutionary ecology 251

9 From populations to communities 281

10 Patterns in species richness 323

11 The flux of energy and matter through ecosystems 357

Part IV Applied Issues in Ecology 387

12 Sustainability 389

13 Habitat degradation 423

14 Conservation 455

References 483

Index 495

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Colin R. Townsend is the Director of the Ecology, Conservation and Biodiversity Research Group at the University of Otago. He has published over 150 ecology papers and books, including the best-selling and award-winning Ecology, 4th Edition, with co-authors Michael Begon and John L. Harper. He is also co-editor of the international journal Freshwater Biology.

Michael Begon is Professor of Ecology in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Liverpool. He has authored several books in addition to Ecology and around 150 research articles. His current research interests are focused on the population ecology of pathogens in wildlife populations.

John L. Harper is an award-winning biologist and a leading figure in plant population biology. He has served as a council member of the Fellowship of the Royal Society and received the Darwin Arward in 1990. He is also the author of Population Biology of Plants and a co-author of Ecology.

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Contains hundreds of new examples, and for the first time, a separate chapter on evolutionary ecology
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  • A significantly updated new edition of this popular introductory ecology textbook
  • Benefits from an accessible, state-of-the-art format, utilizing new four-colour artwork and a range of pedagogical features
  • Outlines the essential principles of ecology from the theoretical fundamentals to their practical applications
  • Contains hundreds of new examples, and for the first time, a separate chapter on evolutionary ecology
  • Student features include: key concepts; “unanswered questions” sections; history boxes outlining key landmarks in the development of ecology; quantitative boxes explaining mathematical aspects of ecology; chapter-by chapter review questions; and “topical concerns” boxes highlighting ethical, social and political questions in ecology
  • Supported by a dedicated website featuring study resources and web research questions (www.blackwellpublishing.com/townsend)
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"In a concise, engaging style, this book contains the essential principles of ecology from theoretical to their practical applications." (Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, July/August 2008)

"The new edition also features new artwork and an enhanced design, making Essentials of Ecology as attractive as it is up-to-date and relevant." (Biotechnologie, Agronomie Societe et Environment)

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Companion website Click here to view the companion website, providing student and instructor resources such as new interactive multiple-choice tutorials for self-testing, a modeling tool, all figures from the book for downloading, and more.
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