Ecology: concepts and applications
This introductory general ecology text features a strong emphasis on helping students grasp the main concepts of ecology while keeping the presentation more applied than theoretical. An evolutionary perspective forms the foundation of the entire discussion. The book begins with the natural history of the planet, considers portions of the whole in the middle chapters, and ends with another perspective of the entire planet in the concluding chapter. Its unique organization of focusing only on several key concepts in each chapter sets it apart from the competition.
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Section IV Section V Section VI Natural History
Life on Land
Life in Water
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abundance algae animals ants approximately average beetles behavior biological biomass biome birds boreal forest chapter climate colonies competition concentration Concept cycle desert distribution drought ecologists ecology ecosystems energy environmental evaporation experiments extinction feeding Figure fish freshwater genetic global gradient grasslands green woodhoopoes habitat heat herbivores higher human hypothesis increased individuals influence insects interactions intertidal zone invertebrates islands keystone species lakes landscape levels live males mammals marine mating metabolic mountain mutualistic naked mole rats nitrogen North America number of species nutrient ocean Optimal foraging theory organisms patches patterns phosphorus photosynthesis plants plots population density population growth predators predict prey primary production produce range reduced regions relationship reproductive Review rivers sample seeds shows shrublands snails snowshoe hare soil species richness stream structure surface survival temperate terrestrial tion trees variation vegetation water loss water potential