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Ecology: Concepts and Applications

Ecology: Concepts and Applications

Grade Levels: 13
By Manuel Molles
Copyright: 2015
Publication Date: January 1, 2015
MHID: 0077837282
ISBN 13: 9780077837280

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New Features

NEW – Learning Outcomes have been incorporated. Each major heading in the chapter is now followed by learning outcomes for that section. Educators are being asked increasingly to develop concrete student learning outcomes for courses across the curriculum. These learning outcomes ask the student to:

  • Define key terms
  • Explain the main concepts discussed
  • Evaluate the strength of research presented in support of the main concepts, including a critique of study design
  • Interpret statistical evidence bearing on concepts, expressed in graphical and numerical form
  • Apply the main concepts discussed to the interpretation of new situations

NEW – Ecology 7e includes examples of current climate change effects on populations, focusing on changes in species distribution and in shifts in bird migration and plant flowering times. (Chapters 10 & 12)

NEW - The Lotka-Volterra models of predator-prey interactions published in the early 20th century stimulated a long line of research. More recently, researchers have offered alternatives that help identify where those classical mathematical models, with their simplifying assumptions, apply and where alternative formulations better account for aspects of predator-prey interactions, particularly at larger spatial and longer temporal scales. Aspects of these alternative models are discussed in Ecology 7e. (Chapter 14)

NEW - While, previous editions have provided thorough coverage of the ecology of primary production in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, secondary production has received much less attention. Ecology 7e addresses this deficiency by including a section reviewing the fundamentals of secondary production. (Chapter 18)

NEW - Ecology 7e includes a new section on the connection between biodiversity and ecosystem function. (Chapter 18 and 19)

NEW - Human impact on the environment has altered ecological communities and ecosystems in nearly every corner of the planet. Restoring structure and function to these systems emerges as one of the great ecological challenges. Increasingly ecologists addressing this challenge are turning to the conceptual framework of ecological succession to guide their work. Examples of such work are included in Ecology 7e. (Chapter 20)

NEW Since climate change has the potential to alter ecological phenomena at every level of ecological organization, the discussion of climate change is thoroughly updated in the seventh edition. (Chapter 23)


Key Features

Introductions Engaging vignettes draw students in and introduce the chapter subject matter by providing relative historical background and/or examples of ecological processes which is vital for better student understanding.

Chapter Concepts Each chapter is broken into two to five major concepts, which helps students easily follow and understand the chapter content

Concept Reviews These indicate to the student that a major topic has been concluded and the accompanying question challenges the student to check for understanding of the material prior to moving to the next topic.

Instructional Art The illustration and photo program has been developed to assist students to better understand ecological concepts. Much of the information has been placed within the art for clearer understanding of processes and data.

Instructional Art The illustration and photo program has been developed to assist students to better understand ecological concepts. Much of the information has been placed within the art for clearer understanding of processes and data.

Instructional Art The illustration and photo program has been developed to assist students to better understand ecological concepts. Much of the information has been placed within the art for clearer understanding of processes and data.

Applications These boxed readings found in most chapters help students make the connections of HOW abstract ideas and general relationships apply to ecological problems.

Investigating the Evidence Boxes Present students with a broad outline of the process of science emphasizing statistics and study design.

Chapter Summary The chapter summary reviews the chapter’s major topics. Chapter concepts are boldfaced and redefine the summary to reemphasize core chapter points

Key Terms Chapter key terms are bold faced

Review Questions Comprised of Critical thinking questions.

Ecology: Concepts and Applications

1 Introduction to Ecology: Historical Foundations and Developing Frontiers
Section I Natural History and Evolution
2 Life on Land
3 Life in Water
4 Population Genetics and Natural Selection
Section II Adaptations to the Environment
5 Temperature Relations
6 Water Relations
7 Energy and Nutrient Relations
8 Social Relations
Section III Population Ecology
9 Population Distribution and Abundance
10 Population Dynamics
11 Population Growth
12 Life Histories
Section IV Interactions
13 Competition
14 Exploitative Interactions: Predation, Herbivory, Parasitism, and Disease
15 Mutualism
Section V Communities and Ecosystems
16 Species Abundance and Diversity
17 Species Interactions and Community Structure
18 Primary Production and Energy Flow
19 Nutrient Cycling and Retention
20 Succession and Stability
Section VI Large-Scale Ecology
21 Landscape Ecology
22 Geographic Ecology
23 Global Ecology
Appendix Statistical Tables

About the Author

Manuel Molles

Manuel C Molles Jr. is an emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of New Mexico, where he has been a member of the faculty and curator in the Museum of Southwestern Biology since 1975. He received his BS from Humboldt State University and his PhD from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona. Seeking to broaden his geographic perspective, he has taught and conducted ecological research in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. He was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to conduct research on river ecology in Portugal and has held visiting professor appointments in the Department of Zoology at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, in the Laboratory of Hydrology at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain, and at the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station.

Originally trained as a marine ecologist and fisheries biologist, the author worked mainly on river and riparian ecology at the University of New Mexico. His research has covered a wide range of ecological levels, including behavioral ecology, population biology, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeography of stream insects, and the influence of a large-scale climate system (El Niño) on the dynamics of southwestern river and riparian ecosystems. His current research interests focus on the influence of climate change and climatic variability on the dynamics of populations and communities along steep gradients of temperature and moisture in the mountains of the Southwest. Throughout his career, Dr. Molles has attempted to combine research, teaching, and service, involving undergraduate as well as graduate students in his ongoing projects. At the University of New Mexico, he taught a broad range of lower division, upper division, and graduate courses, including Principles of Biology, Evolution and Ecology, Stream Ecology, Limnology and Oceanography, Marine Biology, and Community and Ecosystem Ecology. He has taught courses in Global Change and River Ecology at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and General Ecology and Groundwater and Riparian Ecology at the Flathead Lake Biological Station. Dr. Manuel Molles was named Teacher of the Year by the University of New Mexico for 1995–1996 and Potter Chair in Plant Ecology in 2000. In 2014, he received the Eugene P. Odum Award from the Ecological Society of America based on his “ability to relate basic ecological principles to human affairs through teaching, outreach and mentoring activities.”