Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems

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Wiley, Feb 11, 2009 - Science - 752 pages
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Begon, Townsend, and Harper's Ecology has long been regarded as the definitive textbook on all aspects of ecology. This new edition provides a comprehensive treatment of the subject, from the first principles of ecology to the current state of the field, and aims to improve students' preparedness to address the environmental problems of the new millennium.

Thoroughly revised and updated, this fourth edition includes:

  • 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

The resulting textbook is easy to use, lucid and up-to-date, and is the essential reference for all students whose degree program includes ecology and for practicing ecologists.

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User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

Solid book on general ecology, a perfect review if you haven't had an ecology class for a while (ie undergrad). A bit simplistic in parts, but those areas can be quickly skimmed over. Good for ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lee Broderick - Goodreads

Superb introductory text to the subject; balancing theory, method, case-studies and the odd-joke to keep the whole thing from becoming too daunting. Read full review

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Born in London in 1951 and a student at the University of Leeds, Mike Begon has spent his whole scientific career at the University of Liverpool, where he is now Professor of Ecology, specializing in the population and community ecology of infectious diseases in wildlife.


Colin Townsend obtained his DPhil at the University of Sussex before taking up teaching positions at Oxford University and the University of East Anglia. In 1989 he moved from the UK to New Zealand to the University of Otago where he was chair of the Zoology Department, and is now Director of the Ecology, Conservation and Biodiversity Research Group. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1997.


John 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 Award in 1990. He is also the author of Population Biology of Plants and co-author of Essentials of Ecology.

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