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Title:
Ecology and field biology
Author:
Smith, Robert Leo.
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Edition:
Fifth edition.
Publication Information:
Menlo Park, Calif. : Benjamin/Cummings, [1996]

©1996
Physical Description:
xix, 740 pages, 84 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 29 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780065009767
Format :
Book

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This text presents a comprehensive overview of all aspects of ecology, including evolution, ecosystems, theory, practical applications, plants and animals. Major topics such as the importance of statistical power tests in ecological studies, the effects of impoundments on river ecology, and intraguild predation are covered.


Table of Contents

I Introduction
1 Ecology: Its Meaning and Scope
2 Experimentation and Models
II The Organism and Its Environment
3 Adaptation
4 Climate
5 Water Balance
6 Thermal Balance
7 Light and Biological Cycles
8 Nutrients
9 Soils
III The Ecosystem
10 Concept of the Ecosystem
11 Ecosystem Energetics
12 Biogeochemical Cycles
IV Comparative Ecosystem Ecology
13 Grassland to Tundra
14 Forest
15 Freshwater Ecosystems
16 Saltwater Ecosystems
V Population Ecology
17 Properties of Populations
18 18 Population Growth and Regulation
19 Intraspecific Competition
20 Life History Patterns
21 Population Genetics
22 Interspecific Competition
23 Predation
24 Plant-Herbivore Systems
25 Herbivore-Carnivore Systems
26 Parasitism
27 Mutualism
VI The Community
28 Community Structure
29 Disturbance
30 Succession