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Elements of Ecology

Elements of Ecology - 6th edition

Elements of Ecology - 6th edition

ISBN13: 9780805348309

ISBN10: 0805348301

Elements of Ecology by Robert Smith and Thomas Smith - ISBN 9780805348309
Edition: 6TH 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Co.
International: No
Elements of Ecology by Robert Smith and Thomas Smith - ISBN 9780805348309

ISBN13: 9780805348309

ISBN10: 0805348301

Edition: 6TH 06

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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.


  • Researcher Profiles describe experimental case-studies in detail.
  • Quantifying Ecology boxes clearly explain mathematical aspects of ecology and their relevance.
  • Ecological Issues boxes describe how humans influence the study of ecology.
  • Content synthesizing part introductions, chapter opening outlines, concept modules, summaries, study questions, further readings, and a glossary of more than 400 key terms all enhance student understanding and retention.
  • The student website is integrated with the text and includes the interactive quantitative tools GRAPHit!, MODELit!, and QUANTIFYit!, as well as animations, quiz questions, flashcards, news and weblinks, Ecological Perspectives essays, and more. A subscription to the website is included with each new copy of the text.

Table of Contents

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