Robert E. Ricklefs
(University of Missouri, St. Louis)
(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
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* The book has been completely rewritten and modernized in a new streamlined format— from 27 to 23 chapters—to be more manageable for a one-semester course.
* Chapters are organized around four to six key concepts that are repeated as major headings and repeated again in streamlined summaries.
*The text contains increased coverage of aquatic examples.
* Coverage of community and ecosystems ecology has been updated and modernized.
* Every major concept is developed using scientific method: discussions show how scientists begin with hypotheses and test them. Students are presented with data they can view and interpret.
* “Analyzing Ecology,” helps students learn basic statistical and mathematical techniques that real ecologists use every day.
* “Graphing the Data” challenges students to create and interpret different types of graphs.
* “Ecology Today, Connecting the Concepts” fosters ecological literacy through environmental applications.
* A completely new art program provides an abundance of spectacular photos, beautiful color illustrations, and easy-to-interpret graphs. * The book reflects the broad range of modern ecology with examples from across the globe and a wider diversity of organisms, from microbes to vertebrates.
*Numerous examples apply ecological thinking to issues of public health, conservation, and the environment.
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