Essentials of Ecology, 4ed

Michael Begon, Robert W. Howarth, Colin R. Townsend

ISBN: 9788126574827

480 pages

Exclusively distributed by Shri Adhya Educational Books



Essentials of Ecology presents introductory ecology in an accessible, state-of-the-art format designed to cultivate the novice student's understanding of, and fascination with, the natural world. In a concise, engaging style, this text outlines the essential principles of ecology from the theoretical fundamentals to their practical applications. Full color artwork, simple pedagogical features, and a wide range of carefully-chosen examples make this book an ideal introduction to ecology for students at all levels.

Part I Introduction

1 Ecology and how to do it

2 Ecology's evolutionary backdrop


Part II Conditions and Resources

3 Physical conditions and the availability of resources

4 Climate and the world's biomes


Part III Individuals and Populations, Communities and Ecosystems

5 Birth, death and movement

6 Interspecific competition

7 Predation, grazing and disease

8 Molecular and evolutionary ecology


Part IV Communities and Ecosystems

9 From populations to communities

10 Patterns in species richness

11 The flux of energy and matter through ecosystems


Part V Applied Issues in Ecology

12 Global biogeochemical cycles and their alteration by humans

13 Conservation ecology

14 The ecology of human population growth, disease, and food supply