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First ecology
Beeby, Alan.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
xxiv, 318 pages, 35 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
General Note:
"Ecological principles and environmental issues"--Cover.

Previous ed.: London: Chapman & Hall, 1997.
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QH541 .B4145 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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How much do we know about the living world? Enough to predict its future? First Ecology introduces the science of ecology and our species' place in the natural world. Beginning with natural selection, it describes our own evolution and expansion across the globe. Our understanding of the interactions between species, the communities they form, and their role in ecosystemprocesses provides a global perspective on the scale of environmental change. First Ecology shows how the main concepts in ecology underpin our efforts to manage and conserve natural systems. We see how population models, community organisation, and ecosystem processes are the basis of fisheries management, pest control and habitat restoration. It also provides anintroduction to large-scale ecology and the scientific background to climate change and the rapid rate of species extinction. Understanding the science of ecology will be crucial to the environmental decisions our species faces at the start of the twenty-first century. Online Resource Centre includes web links, illustrations, answers to problems as well as additional problems with answers to problems as well as additional problems with answers. All the figures from the book will be available to download free from the Online Resource Centre

Author Notes

Alan Beeby is the Head of the Division of Environmental Science at South Bank University, London. His first degree was in zoology, geomorphology and quaternary biogeography and he subsequently completed his PhD on the impact of lead on roadsides. His research still follows from this, thoughnow he concentrates on the physiological and ecological impact of lead on key invertebrates. His research also includes methods of validating species which are used as monitors of environmental pollution. Alongside this research, he has published two books on undergraduate ecology, one of whichprovides a survey of applied ecological methods. Anne-Maria Brennan is a Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences at South Bank University, London. Prior to this she was educated at the University of York, Imperial College London at Wye, and the University of Wales. She has previously undertakenteaching and consultancy at Imperial College London at Wye, and was a lecturer at the University of Greenwich and the Durrell Institute, University of Kent at Canterbury.

Table of Contents

Second Thoughts
First Words
1 Origins
2 Species
3 Populations
4 Interactions
5 Communities
6 Systems
7 Balances
8 Scales
9 Checks