Part 1. ORGANISMS .
1. Organisms in their environments: the evolutionary backdrop.
4. Life, death and life histories.
5. Intraspecific competition.
6. Dispersal, dormancy and metapopulations.
7. Ecological applications at the level of organisms and single-species populations Part 2. SPECIES INTERACTIONS.
8. Interspecific competition.
9. The nature of predation.
10. The population dynamics of predation.
11. Decomposers and detritivores.
12. Parasitism and disease.
13. Symbiosis and mutualism.
15. Ecological applications at the level of population interactions Part 3. COMMUNITIES AND ECOSYSTEMS .
16. The nature of the community.
17. The flux of energy through ecosystems.
18. The flux of matter through ecosystems.
19. The influence of population interactions on community structure.
20. Food webs.
21. Patterns in species richness.
22. Ecological applications at the level of communities and ecosystems.
- three new chapters on applied ecology, reflecting a rigorous, scientific approach to the ecological problems now facing mankind
- discussion of over 800 new studies, updating the text throughout
- an updated, user-friendly design with margin notes and chapter summaries that serve as study aids
- dedicated website at www.blackwellpublishing.com/begon
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Review of the previous edition
“arguably the best general textbook in ecology currently on the market”
Animal Ecology 1999
“This monumental book is obligatory reading for all ecologists. It has an engaging style, is user-friendly and is a fount of information and scientific rigour. It will take population biology, broadly defined, comfortably into the next century.”
Journal of Ecology 1997
“The language and structure of this textbook is quite comprehensive, making it the ideal book for undergraduates making their first steps in ecology.”
Journal of Animal Ecology 1997
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- widely acknowledged as the higher-level ecology text of choice throughout the world for almost 20 years
- extensively updated with around 750 new references to recent studies
- moves from first principles to a vivid reflection of our understanding of ecology in the 21st century
- includes three new applied chapters which reflect the coming of age of a rigorous, scientific approach to the ecological problems now facing mankind
- this new edition has been carefully edited and designed to ensure it is focused and accessible to students