This best-selling majors ecology text continues to present ecology as a series of problems for students to critically analyze. No other text presents analytical, quantitative, and statistical ecological information in an equally accessible style. Reflecting the way ecologists actually practice, the book emphasizes the role of experiments in testing ecological ideas and discusses many contemporary and controversial problems related to distribution and abundance. Throughout the text, Krebs thoroughly explains the application of mathematical concepts in ecology while reinforcing these concepts with research references, examples, and interesting end-of-chapter review questions. Thoroughly updated with new examples and references, the text now features a new full-color design and is accompanied by an art CD-ROM for instructors, a Companion Website and EvolutionLab for students, and a subscription to The Biology Place.
I. INTRODUCTION. 1. Introduction to the Science of Ecology. 2. Evolution and Ecology. II. THE PROBLEM OF DISTRIBUTION: POPULATIONS. 3. Methods for Analyzing Distributions. 4. Factors that Limit Distributions: Dispersal. 5. Factors that Limit Distributions: Habitat Selection. 6. Factors that Limit Distributions: Interrelations with Other Organisms. 7. Factors that Limit Distributions: Temperature, Moisture, and Other Physical-Chemical Factors. 8. The Relationship Between Distribution and Abundance. III. THE PROBLEM OF ABUNDANCE: POPULATIONS. 9. Population Parameters. 10. Demographic Techniques: Vital Statistics. 11. Population Growth. 12. Species Interactions: Competition. 13. Species Interactions: Predation. 14. Species Interactions: Herbivory and Mutualism. 15. Species Interactions: Disease and Parasitism. 16. Population Regulation. 17. Applied Problems I: Harvesting Populations. 18. Applied Problems II: Pest Control. 19. Applied Problems III: Conservation Biology. IV. DISTRIBUTION AND ABUNDANCE AT THE COMMUNITY LEVEL. 20. The Nature of the Community. 21. Community Change. 22. Community Organization I: Biodiversity. 23. Community Organization II: Predation and Competition in Equilibrial Communities. 24. Community Organization III: Disturbance and Nonequilibrium Communities. 25. Ecosystem Metabolism I: Primary Production. 26. Ecosystem Metabolism II: Secondary Production. 27. Ecosystem Metabolism III: Nutrient Cycles. 28. Ecosystem Health: Human Impacts. Appendix I - A Precis on Population Genetics. Appendix II - Estimation of the Size of the Marked Population in Capture-Recapture Studies. Appendix III - Instantaneous and Finite Rates. Appendix IV - Species Diversity Measures of Heterogeneity. Glossary. Mathematical. Symbols. References.
CD-ROM ISBN 9780321068859
This CD-ROM helps students learn to think like field ecologists, whether estimating the number of mice on an imaginary island or restoring prairie land in Iowa, through 26 interactive field experiments and tutorials. The CD-ROM also includes test questions, quiz questions, weblinks, and a glossary. Included with every student copy of the text.
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