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First Ecology

Ecological Principles and Enviromental Issues

Third Edition

Alan Beeby and Anne-Marie Brennan

Publication Date - February 2008

ISBN: 9780199298082

432 pages

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $85.95


First Ecology: Ecological Principles and Environmental Issues provides a critical and evaluative introduction to the science of ecology. Alan Beeby and Anne-Maria Brennan present a succinct survey of ecology, describing and explaining the relationship between living organisms and their environment.

In sequence, First Ecology develops the core themes of ecology at each level of organization - subcellular, population, ecosystem, landscape, and planetary. Understanding this hierarchy - and the interplay between these levels - is crucial to the environmental decisions our species faces at the start of the twenty-first century.

Distinctive Features

- Assumes little background knowledge and leads students gradually into the subject to build understanding, making it ideal for students from a range of disciplines.
- Detailed examples and case studies build on principles introduced in the text, thus allowing students to see ecological techniques in action.
- An Online Resource Center (password protected) offers instructors a virtual field course comprised of exercises using real data to assist and enrich students' time in the field; figures from the book, available to download to facilitate lecture preparation; PowerPoint slides introducing key concepts, supported with integrated figures from the book; and answers to exercises provided in the book. For students, the site provides hyperlinks to the primary literature cited in the book, and a web link library of all the URLs included in the book, together with additional web links on specific topics.

New to this Edition

  • Case studies which provide captivating insights into how ecologists approach problems.
  • Full color diagrams and many new stunning photographs.
  • Expanded coverage of soil, climate change, biodiversity, competition, conservation, and sustainability.

Previous Publication Date(s)

February 2004
January 1997

Table of Contents

    First Words
    1. Origins
    2. Species
    3. Populations
    4. Interactions
    5. Communities
    6. Systems
    7. Balances
    8. Scales
    9. Checks

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