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Elements of Ecology By Thomas M. Smith

Elements of Ecology
by Thomas M. Smith

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Explains basic principles of ecology. This text includes chapters on ecological topics, and part introductions to connect subfields of ecology. It contains in-text features to encourage students to interpret ecological data, research, and models used in the text. It emphasises on understanding ecological patterns within an evolutionary framework.
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Elements of Ecology: International Edition by Thomas M. Smith

The newly revised Sixth Edition of Elements of Ecology maintains its engaging, reader-friendly style as it explains the basic principles of ecology. The text is updated to include new chapters on current ecological topics (metapopulations and conservation ecology); new part introductions to connect the subfields of ecology; and new in-text features to encourage students to interpret the ecological data, research, and models used throughout the text. Abundant, accessible examples illustrate and clarify the text's emphasis on understanding ecological patterns within an evolutionary framework. Additionally, the text employs new study questions requiring students to make connections and apply their knowledge.

Each chapter includes at least one Quantifying Ecology box explaining equations and statistical techniques with step-by-step examples designed to teach students how to use and interpret data. The expanded companion website ( includes GRAPHit!, MODELit!, and QUANTIFYit!, new quantitative exercises to help students further master and apply math skills.

New Researcher Profiles will introduce students to primary literature by featuring the next generation of ecologists working on innovative research. These in-depth case studies follow a series of experiments that serve to illuminate the text's core concepts.

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Table of Contents

Part I Introduction and Background

1. The Nature of Ecology

2. Adaptation and Evolution

Part II The Physical Environment

3. Climate

4. The Aquatic Environment

5. The Terrestrial Environment

Part III The Organism and Its Environment

6. Plant Adaptations to the Environment

7. Animal Adaptations to the Environment

8. Life History Patterns

Part IV Populations

9. Properties of Populations

10. Population Growth

11. Intraspecific Population Regulation

12. Metapopulations

Part V Species Interactions

13. Interspecific Competition

14. Predation

15. Parasitism and Mutualism

Part VI Community Ecology

16. Community Structure

17. Factors Influencing the Structure of Communities

18. Community Dynamics

19. Landscape Ecology

Part VII Ecosystem Ecology

20. Ecosystem Energetics

21. Decomposition and Nutrient Cycling

22. Biogeochemical Cycles

Part VIII Biogeographical Ecology

23. Terrestrial Ecosystems

24. Aquatic Ecosystems

25. Land-Water Margins

26. Large-scale Patterns of Biological Diversity

Part IX Human Ecology

27. Population Growth, Resource Use, and Sustainability

28. Habitat Loss, Biodiversity, and Conservation

29. Global Climate Change

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Elements of Ecology: International Edition by Thomas M. Smith
Thomas M. Smith
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Pearson Education (US)
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