Environmental Biology

Edited by Mike Calver, Alan Lymbery, Jennifer McComb and Mike Bamford 
Cambridge University Press  June 2009  

Paperback  688 pp  ISBN 9780521679824      £48.00
Environmental Biology offers a fresh, problem-solving treatment of the topic for students requiring a biology background before further study in environmental science, sustainable development or environmental engineering. It begins with an environmental theme that carries through the text, using three major case studies with a regional focus. Key foundational knowledge is introduced and developed as the text progresses, with students encouraged to integrate their accumulated learning to reach solutions.

A comprehensive coverage of scientific method, including field experimentation and field techniques, is an important part of the approach. While emphasising the environmental theme, the book introduces all facets of the biology discipline, including cell biology, evolution, ecology, conservation and restoration. There are over 500 line drawings, diagrams and photos throughout, including full-colour sections, and each chapter includes summaries and comprehensive questions. The accompanying online Instructors' Resource includes multiple-choice questions, 'Test your knowledge' solutions and video footage.

  • Meets the needs and interests of students studying first-year biology by integrating the environmental theme throughout the text, rather than treating it as a discrete topic at the end of a biology unit, as is typical in other texts
  • Problem solving approach to modern environmental problems in the Australasian/South East Asian region (all examples and case studies come from this area)
  • Includes an online Instructors€ Resource


List of contributors

Part I. What is Environmental Biology?:

  • Environmental biology and our time Mike Calver, Alan Lymbery and Jen McComb

Part II. The Scientific Method and the Unifying Theories of Modern Biology:

  • Science and the environment Chris Dickman and Mathew Crowther;
  • Cell theory I - the cellular basis of life Carolyn Jones and Mike Calver;
  • Cell theory II - cellular processes and the environment Carolyn Jones and Mike Calver;
  • Cell theory III - the cell cycle Annette Koenders;
  • Evolutionary theory - the origin and fate of genetic variation Alan Lymbery and David Ayre;
  • The history of life on Earth Stephen Hopper;

Part III. Applying Scientific Method - Understanding Biodiversity:

  • Coping with cornucopia - classifying and naming biodiversity Alan Lymbery and Howard Gill;
  • Microscopic diversity - the prokaryotes and viruses Graham O'Hara;
  • Mysterious diversity - the protists and the fungi Treena Burgess and Luke Twomey;
  • The greening of the land - plant diversity I Barbara Bowen, Mike van Keulen and Jen McComb;
  • The greening of the land - plant diversity II Bernie Dell, Mike van Keulen, Jen McComb and Barbara Bowen;
  • Life on the move: introducing animal diversity Mike Calver and Alan Lymbery;
  • Life on the move - the spineless majority Alan Lymbery and Mike Calver;
  • Life on the move - vertebrates and other chordates Mike Bamford;
  • Boom and bust - population ecology Mike Calver and Stuart Bradley;
  • Living together: communities and ecosystems Barbara Bowen and Philip Ladd;
  • Marine habitats Eric Paling;
  • Marine lifestyles Eric Paling and David Ayre;
  • Inland aquatic environments: wetland diversity, physical and chemical processes Jane Chambers, Jenny Davis and Arthur McComb;
  • Inland aquatic environments: the ecology of lentic and lotic waters Jane Chambers, Jenny Davis and Arthur McComb;
  • Terrestrial habitats Philip Ladd and Mark Garkaklis;
  • Terrestrial lifestyles Philip Ladd and Mark Garkaklis;

Part IV. The Future - Applying Scientific Method to Conserving Biodiversity and Restoring Degraded Environments:

  • The science of conservation biology Grant Wardell-Johnson and Pierre Horwitz;
  • Cultural conservation biology Pierre Horwitz and Grant Wardell-Johnson;
  • Redressing the problem - environmental restoration Richard Hobbs;
  • A natural legacy Mike Calver, Alan Lymbery and Jen McComb (with contributions by Daniel Lunney and Harry Recher)


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