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Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems, 4th Edition,9781405111171

Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems, 4th Edition

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Edition: 4th
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 8/1/2005
Publisher(s): Wiley-Blackwell
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Begon, Townsend, and Harper's Ecology has long been regarded as the definitive textbook on all aspects of ecology. This new edition provides a comprehensive treatment of the subject, from the first principles of ecology to the current state of the field, and aims to improve students' preparedness to address the environmental problems of the new millennium. Thoroughly revised and updated, this fourth edition includes: three new chapters on applied ecology, reflecting a rigorous, scientific approach to the ecological problems now facing mankind discussion of over 800 new studies, updating the text throughout an updated, user-friendly design with margin notes and chapter summaries that serve as study aids dedicated website at The resulting textbook is easy to use, lucid and up-to-date, and is the essential reference for all students whose degree program includes ecology and for practicing ecologists.

Author Biography

Born in London in 1951 and a student at the University of Leeds, Mike Begon has spent his whole scientific career at the University of Liverpool, where he is now Professor of Ecology, specializing in the population and community ecology of infectious diseases in wildlife.

Colin Townsend obtained his DPhil at the University of Sussex before taking up teaching positions at Oxford University and the University of East Anglia. In 1989 he moved from the UK to New Zealand to the University of Otago where he was chair of the Zoology Department, and is now Director of the Ecology, Conservation and Biodiversity Research Group. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1997.

John Harper is an award-winning biologist and a leading figure in plant population biology. He has served as a council member of the fellowship of the Royal Society and received the Darwin Award in 1990. He is also the author of Population Biology of Plants and co-author of Essentials of Ecology.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction: Ecology and its Domain xi
Part 1: Organisms
Organisms in their Environments: the Evolutionary Backdrop
Life, Death and Life Histories
Intraspecific Competition
Dispersal, Dormancy and Metapopulations
Ecological Applications at the Level of Organisms and Single-Species Populations: Restoration, Biosecurity and Conservation
Part 2: Species Interactions
Interspecific Competition
The Nature of Predation
The Population Dynamics of Predation
Decomposers and Detritivores
Parasitism and Disease
Symbiosis and Mutualism
Ecological Applications at the Level of Population Interactions: Pest Control and Harvest Management
Part 3: Communities and Ecosystems
The Nature of the Community: Patterns in Space and Time
The Flux of Energy through Ecosystems
The Flux of Matter through Ecosystems
The Influence of Population Interactions on Community Structure
Food Webs
Patterns in Species Richness
Ecological Applications at the Level of Communities and Ecosystems: Management Based on the Theory of Succession, Food Webs, Ecosystem Functioning and Biodiversity
References 659(42)
Organism Index 701(13)
Subject Index 714

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