Elements of Ecology - 7th Edition
Robert Smith, Thomas Smith
Paperback 736 pages ISBN 9780321561473
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Field Studies discuss ecological research performed by young up-and-coming scientists,
and challenge students to interpret the results of the featured research.
Quantifying Ecology boxes help students develop the quantitative skills they need to interpret ecological data,
research, and models. Skills are reinforced by a set of follow-up questions and links to GRAPHit! and QUANTIFYit!
on the Companion Website (www.ecologyplace.com).
Ecological Issues essays describe how humans influence the study of ecology. For example, the short essay
€The Ecology of Antibiotic Resistance€ discusses how antibiotic resistance is a result of natural selection.
Each essay is followed by a set of critical thinking questions.
The Companion Website is integrated with the text and includes the interactive quantitative tools
GRAPHit! and QUANTIFYit! as well as animations, quiz questions, flashcards, news and web links,
Ecological Perspectives essays, and more. A subscription to the Companion Website is included with each new
copy of the text.
Engaging introductions give students a €big picture€ overview of the coming chapters in each of the
eight parts of the book, so they can understand how various topics interrelate.
Revised study questions include more critical thinking exercises that engage students to make connections
and apply their knowledge.
Landscape Ecology chapter explores the role of disturbance in ecosystems.
Known for its emphasis on the relevance of ecology in everyday life and the human impact on ecosystems, Elements
of Ecology, Seventh Edition features new €Interpreting Ecological Data€ exercises to help students develop
Each chapter draws upon current research in the various fields of ecology while providing accessible examples
that help students understand species natural history, specific ecosystems, the process of science, and ecological
patterns at both an evolutionary and demographic scale.
To engage students in using and interpreting data, a wide variety of Quantifying Ecology boxes walk through
step-by-step examples of equations and statistical techniques. The expanded Companion Website includes exercises
to help students further master
and apply math skills.
1. The Nature of Ecology
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I. THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT
3. The Aquatic Environment
4. The Terrestrial Environment
II. THE ORGANISM AND ITS ENVIRONMENT
5. Adaptation and Natural Selection
6. Plant Adaptations to the Environment
7. Animal Adaptations to the Environment
8. Life History Patterns
9. Properties of Populations
10. Population Growth
11. Intraspecific Population Regulation
IV. SPECIES INTERACTIONS
13. Interspecific Competition
15. Parasitism and Mutualism
V. COMMUNITY ECOLOGY
16. Community Structure
17. Factors Influencing the Structure of Communities
18. Community Dynamics
19. Landscape Ecology
VI. ECOSYSTEM ECOLOGY
20. Ecosystem Energetics
21. Decomposition and Nutrient Cycling
22. Biogeochemical Cycles
VII. BIOGEOGRAPHICAL ECOLOGY
23. Terrestrial Ecosystems
24. Coastal and Wetland Ecosystems
25. Land-Water Margins
26. Large-scale Patterns of Biological Diversity
VIII. HUMAN ECOLOGY
27. Population Growth, Resource Use, and Sustainability
28. Habitat Loss, Biodiversity, and Conservation
29. Global Climate Change
: environmental impact
: environmental protection
: environmental science
: soil science