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This book is a core introductory text which examines basic principles of ecology for first year undergraduates. The authors have expertise in population ecology and plant ecophysiology which will give the book a balanced treatment of plant and animal ecology and a strong applied and evolutionary bias. The book will not present ecology as a tight, predictive science in the way that other areas of biology (such as genetics) can be. Instead, it will aim to give the student a good grounding in the basics of ecology, including patterns in biodiversity, population biology, the ecology of assemblages and the interpretation of ecological data. It will also try to stress the links between different aspects and different levels and also emphasise the overall intellectual coherence of the subject.
1. The diversity of life 2. Global patterns of biodiversity and productivity: biomes 3. Interpreting ecological information 4. Climate and life on Earth 5. Interactions between individuals and the physical environment 6. Introducing biotic interactions and population models 7. Population demography and life history patterns 8. Interspecific competition 9. Predation, herbivory, parasitism and other interactions between populations 10. Similarities and differences in ecological interactions 11. Ecological communities 12. Ecosystems: the flux of energy and matter 13. The structure and composition of ecological communities 14. Species richness, abundance and diversity
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