The new Ecology and Field Biology, Sixth Edition, Learning Package includes the text by Robert and Tom Smith, and two brand new supplements at no extra price - The Ecology Place Web site, a rich media supplement which contains 26 interactive field experiments and tutorials, and The Ecology Action Guide, a print supplement which provides information on topics such as environmental job opportunities, green groups, organizations, and sustainability.
This book presents a comprehensive overview of all aspects of ecology, including evolution, ecosystems theory, practical applications, plants, animals, biogeochemical cycles, and global change. This balanced approach has made Ecology and Field Biology the best-selling ecology book on the market.
1. Ecology: Meaning and Scope.
II. THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT.
2. Solar Radiation and Climate.
3. The Physical Environment.
Ecological Application: How a Lack of Mushrooms Helped Power the Industrial Revolution.
III. THE ORGANISM IN ITS ENVIRONMENT.
6. Plant Adaptations to the Environment I: Photosynthesis and the Light Environment.
7. Plant Adaptations to the Environment II: Thermal, Moisture, and Nutrient Environments.
8. Animal Adaptations to the Environment.
Ecological Application: St. Patrick and the Absence of Snakes in Ireland.
IV. INTRASPECIFIC POPULATION ECOLOGY.
10. Properties of Populations.
11. Population Growth.
12. Intraspecific Competition: Population Regulation.
13. Life History Patterns.
V. POPULATION INTERACTIONS.
14. Interspecific Competition.
15. Concepts of Predation.
16. Predators and their Prey.
17. Coevolutionary Interactions: Parasitism and Mutualism.
18. Human Impacts on Populations.
Ecological Application: The Complete Recipe for Apple Pie.
VI. ECOLOGICAL GENETICS.
19. Population Genetics.
VII. THE COMMUNITY.
20. Community Structure.
21. Community Dynamics.
22. Processes Controlling Community Dynamics.
23. Landscape Ecology.
Ecological Application: Asteroids, Bulldozers, and Biodiversity.
VIII. THE ECOSYSTEM.
24. Ecosystems Productivity.
25. Biogeochemistry I: Nutrient Cycling.
26. Biogeochemistry II: Global Cycles and Human Impacts.
27. Biogeography of Ecosystems.
Ecological Application: Time to Rethink the Lawn.
IX. COMPARATIVE ECOSYSTEM ECOLOGY.
28. Grassland to Tundra.
30. Freshwater Ecosystems.
31. Saltwater Ecosystems.
32. Global Environmental Change.
Ecological Application: Time is On Their Side.
Appendix A: Sampling Plant and Animal Populations.
Appendix B: Measuring Community and Population Structure.
Appendix C: Distribution of World Vegetation Maps.