A definitive guide to the depth and breadth of the ecological sciences, revised and updated
The revised and updated fifth edition of Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems – now in full colour – offers students and practitioners a review of the ecological sciences.
The previous editions of this book earned the authors the prestigious ‘Exceptional Life-time Achievement Award’ of the British Ecological Society – the aim for the fifth edition is not only to maintain standards but indeed to enhance its coverage of Ecology.
In the first edition, 34 years ago, it seemed acceptable for ecologists to hold a comfortable, objective, not to say aloof position, from which the ecological communities around us were simply material for which we sought a scientific understanding. Now, we must accept the immediacy of the many environmental problems that threaten us and the responsibility of ecologists to play their full part in addressing these problems. This fifth edition addresses this challenge, with several chapters devoted entirely to applied topics, and examples of how ecological principles have been applied to problems facing us highlighted throughout the remaining nineteen chapters.
Nonetheless, the authors remain wedded to the belief that environmental action can only ever be as sound as the ecological principles on which it is based. Hence, while trying harder than ever to help improve preparedness for addressing the environmental problems of the years ahead, the book remains, in its essence, an exposition of the science of ecology. This new edition incorporates the results from more than a thousand recent studies into a fully up-to-date text.
Written for students of ecology, researchers and practitioners, the fifth edition of Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems is anessential reference to all aspects of ecology and addresses environmental problems of the future.
Introduction: Ecology and its Domain
Chapter 1 Organisms in their Environments: the Evolutionary Backdrop
Chapter 2 Conditions
Chapter 3 Resources
Chapter 4 Matters of Life and Death
Chapter 5 Intraspecific Competition
Chapter 6 Movement and Metapopulations
Chapter 7 Life History Ecology and Evolution
Chapter 8 Interspecific Competition
Chapter 9 The Nature of Predation
Chapter 10 The Population Dynamics of Predation
Chapter 11 Decomposers and Detritivores
Chapter 12 Parasitism and Disease
Chapter 13 Facilitation: Mutualism and Commensalism
Chapter 14 Abundance
Chapter 15 Pest Control, Harvesting and Conservation
Chapter 16 Community Modules and the Structure of Ecological Communities
Chapter 17 Food Webs
Chapter 18 Patterns in Species Composition in Space and Time
Chapter 19 Patterns in Biodiversity and their Conservation
Chapter 20 The Flux of Energy through Ecosystems
Chapter 21 The Flux of Matter through Ecosystems
Chapter 22 Ecology in a Changing World