Ecology and Field Biology: Hands-On Field Package (with CD and Additional Printed Guide) - 6th Edition

Robert Smith, Thomas Smith 
Pearson Education  March 2002  

Hardback   720 pages  ISBN 9780321068811      £100.00

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The new Ecology and Field Biology, Sixth Edition, Learning Package includes the text by Robert and Tom Smith, and two brand new supplements at no extra price - The Ecology Place CD-ROM, a rich media supplement which contains 26 interactive field experiments and tutorials, and The Ecology Action Guide, a print supplement which provides information on topics such as environmental job opportunities, green groups, organizations, and sustainability.

This book presents a comprehensive overview of all aspects of ecology, including evolution, ecosystems theory, practical applications, plants, animals, biogeochemical cycles, and global change. This balanced approach has made Ecology and Field Biology the best-selling ecology book on the market.


1. Ecology: Meaning and Scope.
2. Solar Radiation and Climate.
3. The Physical Environment.
4. Soils.
Ecological Application: How a Lack of Mushrooms Helped Power the Industrial Revolution.
5. Adaptation.
6. Plant Adaptations to the Environment I: Photosynthesis and the Light Environment.
7. Plant Adaptations to the Environment II: Thermal, Moisture, and Nutrient Environments.
8. Animal Adaptations to the Environment.
9. Decomposition.
Ecological Application: St. Patrick and the Absence of Snakes in Ireland.
10. Properties of Populations.
11. Population Growth.
12. Intraspecific Competition: Population Regulation.
13. Life History Patterns.
14. Interspecific Competition.
15. Concepts of Predation.
16. Predators and their Prey.
17. Coevolutionary Interactions: Parasitism and Mutualism.
18. Human Impacts on Populations.
Ecological Application: The Complete Recipe for Apple Pie.
19. Population Genetics.
20. Community Structure.
21. Community Dynamics.
22. Processes Controlling Community Dynamics.
23. Landscape Ecology.
Ecological Application: Asteroids, Bulldozers, and Biodiversity.
24. Ecosystems Productivity.
25. Biogeochemistry I: Nutrient Cycling.
26. Biogeochemistry II: Global Cycles and Human Impacts.
27. Biogeography of Ecosystems.
Ecological Application: Time to Rethink the Lawn.
28. Grassland to Tundra.
29. Forests.
30. Freshwater Ecosystems.
31. Saltwater Ecosystems.
32. Global Environmental Change.
Ecological Application: Time is On Their Side.
Appendix A: Sampling Plant and Animal Populations.
Appendix B: Measuring Community and Population Structure.
Appendix C: Distribution of World Vegetation Maps.


Robert L. Smith holds a B.S. in Animal Science, an M.S. in Wildlife Biology along with a Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from Cornell University. Currently, he is a professor of Ecology at West Virginia University. He has spent over 30 years teaching Ecology and conducting field research throughout the world.

His teaching responsibilities have involved mostly undergraduate courses in general ecology and graduate courses in population ecology and wildlife management. His research has included forest-fire related problems in southern West Virginia, vegetational development and succession on abandoned and reclaimed surface mines, the relation between forest vegetational structure and the forest bird community, and forest habitat assessment and habitat evaluation procedures based on vegetational structure.

Smith has served as a consultant to congressional committees, workshops on environmental education and energy and environmental problems, the National Landmarks program of the U.S. Department of Interior, National Research Council Task Forces on wildlife and fisheries issues and ecological classification systems for implementing environmental quality evaluation procedures. He is the author of numerous articles and reviews as well as the author of three ecology texts: Ecology and Field Biology, Elements of Ecology and Ecology of Man: An Ecosystem Approach, Harper and Row, New York.


  • A new chapter (32) discusses global environmental change, human impacts on the global carbon cycle, and the possible implications for the global climate system.
  • Six "Ecological Application Essays" demonstrate to students the real world relevance of ecological concepts. For example, Part V, Population Interactions, discusses how a lack of mushrooms helped power the Industrial Revolution.
  • Reflecting current changes in the field of ecology, the Sixth Edition incorporates more discussion of the evolutionary perspective on ecological systems.
  • The Sixth Edition is more compartmentalized, allowing for greater flexibility in teaching the material. For example, Part Two, "The Organism and its Environment," has been reorganized into two separate parts: 1) "The Physical Environment," dealing with soils, temperature, nutrients, water balance, etc. and 2) "The Organism in its Environment," exploring plant and animal responses to the physical environment.
  • The sections on population ecology and community now come before the sections on ecosystems; the text now moves the student from the local - population and communities - to the larger picture - ecosystems and global ecology.
  • A complete supplements package: The text-specific Companion Website, the Instructors Presentation Art CD-ROM, The Ecology Place CD-ROM, and an Ecology Action Guide provide numerous interactive resources for students and instructors.
  • Four-colour art delivers content in a dynamic format.

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