The Economy of Nature (7th Revised edition)

The Economy of Nature (7th Revised edition)

By: Rick Relyea (author), Robert E. Ricklefs (author)Paperback

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This landmark text helped to define introductory ecology courses for over four decades. With a dramatic transformation, "Ecology: The Economy of Nature, Seventh Edition "becomes the first textbook to fully embrace the challenges and opportunities of teaching ecology today. The text maintains its signature evolutionary perspective and emphasis on the quantitative aspects of the field, but it has been completely rewritten for today s undergraduates with extensive new pedagogy, fresh examples (including more aquatic coverage), and fully integrated media resources. See what's in the LaunchPad"

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Robert E. Ricklefs is Curators' Professor of Biology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1995. Bob's research focuses on diversity in ecological systems at several levels of organization and scales of time and space, and he has championed the importance of recognizing the impact of large-scale processes on local ecological assemblages of species. He is one of the world's leading authorities in population ecology of birds. Bob's contributions to the field have been recognized by honorary doctorates from the Universite Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Aarhus University (Denmark), and the University of Burgundy (France). Rick Relyea is Professor of Biology at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, where he has also been named a Chancellor's Distinguished Researcher. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1998 under the mentorship of Earl Werner. As director of the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology (University of Pittsburgh's field station), Rick investigates a wide variety of topics related to the biology, toxicology, and conservation of aquatic systems, as well as overseeing a diverse set of ecological field courses and facilitating researchers from around the world. He has taught thousands of undergraduate students in introductory ecology, behavioral ecology, and evolution.


1. Introduction: Ecology, Evolution, and the Scientific Method PART I: LIFE AND THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT 2. Adaptations to Aquatic Environments 3. Adaptations to Terrestrial Environments 4. Adaptations to Variable Environments 5. Climates and Soils 6. Terrestrial and Aquatic Biomes PART II: ORGANISMS 7. Evolution and Adaptation 8. Life Histories 9. Reproductive Strategies 10. Social Behaviors PART III: POPULATIONS 11. Population Distributions 12. Population Growth and Regulation 13. Population Dynamics over Space and Time PART IV: SPECIES INTERACTIONS 14. Predation and Herbivory 15. Parasites and Pathogens 16. Competition 17. Mutualisms PART V: COMMUNITIES AND ECOSYSTEMS 18. Community Structure 19. Community Succession and Development 20. Energy in the Ecosystem 21. Pathways of Elements in the Ecosystem 22. Nutrient Regeneration in the Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems PART VI: GLOBAL ECOLOGY 23. Global Patterns of Biodiversity 24. Global Conservation

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  • publication date: 12/03/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781429249959
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 620
  • ID: 9781429249959
  • weight: 1268
  • ISBN10: 1429249951
  • edition: 7th Revised edition

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