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Fifth Edition

William D. Bowman, Sally D. Hacker, and Michael L. Cain

Publication Date - February 2020

ISBN: 9781605359229

744 pages

In Stock

The leading textbook in its field, Ecology uses real-world case studies and applications to engage and motivate students


The bestselling textbook for undergraduate ecology courses, Ecology is an easy-to-read and well-organized text for instructors and students to explore the basics of the field. Bowman and Hacker motivate students with an engaging case study-driven, conceptual approach that highlights relevant applications and data-driven examples. The new fifth edition is available in a dynamic and interactive Enhanced eBook at an affordable price.

New to this Edition

  • New media in an Enhanced eBook that makes Ecology's online resources more accessible to students, including:
  • - Fifteen new Case Study Videos, narrated by the author, that bring stories and applications to life
  • - New Self-Assessment questions at the end of each major section that provide students with immediate feedback, facilitating participation, and increasing retention of key concepts
  • - Sequenced Images that allow students to work through complex figures step-by-step
  • New learning objectives aimed at helping students understand the most important takeaways from each chapter
  • An enlivened art program
  • Carefully updated examples and chapter content to reflect changes in the field, including enhanced coverage of anthropogenic environmental change, marine ecology, and microbial examples
  • Reorganization of the population biology chapters to better represent how and why populations vary in space and time

About the Author(s)

William D. Bowman is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Director of the Mountain Research Station at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Sally D. Hacker is Professor of Integrative Biology at Oregon State University, Corvallis.


"Ecology is a well-structured and sufficiently detailed introductory exposure to the field of ecology, with excellent supporting materials to enable a quantitative understanding of the fundamentals of ecology."--Brian Benscoter, Florida Atlantic University

"A great ecology text with all the major concepts introduced and clear examples needed to give undergraduates a solid background in ecology."--Stephen Conrad, Indiana Wesleyan University

"Ecology is an easy-to-ready text that is engaging for students and has broad coverage of the topics that are central to ecology."--Blaine Griffen, Brigham Young University

"Ecology presents material in a very effective way, while also bringing in lots of real world literature and captivating examples."--Patrick Cain, George Gwinnett College

Table of Contents

    1. The Web of Life

    Unit 1: Organisms and Their Environment

    2. The Physical Environment
    3. The Biosphere
    4. Coping with Environmental Variation: Temperature and Water
    5. Coping with Environmental Variation: Energy

    Unit 2: Evolutionary Ecology

    6. Evolution and Ecology
    7. Life History
    8. Behavioral Ecology

    Unit 3: Populations

    9. Population Distribution and Abundance
    10. Population Dynamics
    11. Population Growth and Regulation

    Unit 4: Species Interactions

    12. Predation
    13. Parasitism
    14. Competition
    15. Mutualism and Commensalism

    Unit 5: Communities

    16. The Nature of Communities
    17. Change in Communities
    18. Biogeography
    19. Species Diversity in Communities

    Unit 6: Ecosystems

    20. Production
    21. Energy Flow and Food Webs
    22. Nutrient Supply and Cycling

    Unit 7: Applied and Large-Scale Ecology

    23. Conservation Biology
    24. Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Management
    25. Global Ecology

    Appendix: Some Metric Measurements Used in Ecology

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