Ecology: The Economy of Nature
Seventh Edition   ©2014

Ecology: The Economy of Nature

Robert E. Ricklefs (University of Missouri, St. Louis) , Rick Relyea (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4292-4995-1; ISBN-13: 978-1-4292-4995-9; Format: Paper Text, 656 pages

A new coauthor and a new vision: the seventh edition welcomes Rick Relyea

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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.