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Beeby & Beeby: Thrive in Ecology and Evolution

Conceptual maps

Each chapter has a diagram setting out the connections between the main ideas covered. Many people find these conceptual maps useful ? as a reminder of the topics and as a prompt to explain the link. This can be a very effective way of revising the subject.

These maps may also help you to memorize the sequence of an argument and its development when you begin discussing a topic in an examination. Some students find such visual clues easier to recall. However, be aware of the danger here of failing to make the connections between chapters, or to range more widely.

There is no single perfect conceptual map, and those presented here are only partially linear. Nevertheless, they have been carefully structured, and the logic of their organization should be obvious. So, ensure that you can see how the entire map is structured as you begin to use it.

Conceptual maps can also be a convenient way of revising the material or testing your understanding when the book is not to hand. They can then serve as a prompt for you to rehearse the main ideas under a topic.

Click the chapter links below to download each map.

  • Chapter 1 (PDF, Size: 268KB)
    • Fundamentals of ecology
  • Chapter 2 (PDF, Size: 1.7MB)
    • Evolution by natural selection
  • Chapter 3 (PDF, Size: 117KB)
    • The evolving population
  • Chapter 4 (PDF, Size: 170KB)
    • The ecology of the species
  • Chapter 5 (PDF, Size: 101KB)
    • Interactions between species
  • Chapter 6 (PDF, Size: 90KB)
    • The ecology of the community
  • Chapter 7 (PDF, Size: 126KB)
    • The ecology of the ecosystem
  • Chapter 8 (PDF, Size: 122KB)
    • The ecology of the earth