Ecology: Global Insights and Investigations 13 9780073532509
Ecology: Global Insights and Investigations

Ecology: Global Insights and Investigations

Grade Levels: 13
By Peter Stiling
Copyright: 2015
Publication Date: February 21, 2014
MHID: 0073532509
ISBN 13: 9780073532509

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New Features

The book is structured around seven sections that represent the core ecological disciplines:

  • Organismal Ecology
  • Physiological Ecology
  • Population Ecology
  • Species Interactions
  • Community Ecology
  • Biomes
  • Ecosystems Ecology

    One of the main changes to Ecology: Global Insights & Investigations 2e, has been to simplify some of the more difficult concepts that students found challenging, such as population growth and diversity indices. The author's overall goal has been to make the material more accessible to students, therefore more explanatory captions have been included on the art work and subsection headings have been added to the summaries.

  • Key Features

    The book's main goal is to teach the basic principles of ecology and to relate these principles to many of the Earth's ecological challenges, of which there are many.

    Each chapter contains a “Global Insight” feature which highlights how such global change is important in all areas of ecology, from behavior to ecosystems.

    Each chapter begins with an outline consisting of the main section heading contained within each chapter. These headings are written in the form of an ecological statement which summarises the material within each section.

    A “Feature Investigation” in most chapters outlines a hypothesis being tested, the methods researchers use to perform their studies, the data they collected and the conclusions they reached. Some of these Feature Investigations are classic studies; others contain cutting-edge research and techniques.

    Chapters are built around the art.

    Important ecological terms are boldface.

    Each chapter ends with a unique summary that specifically links each main concept with its corresponding piece(s) of art. There are 10 multiple choice self-test questions with answers that can be accessed online at the book's web-site. There are also 3 - 5 broader conceptual questions that require essay answers of a paragraph or longer. All these questions refer to material that is explained within the textbook.
    To highlight the importance of understanding graphs, images, or observations, most chapters also include a “Data Analysis” question that provides data sets and asks the student to analyse the data and provide an explanation or conclusion.

    Ecology: Global Insights and Investigations

    1 An Introduction to Ecology

    2 Populations Genetics

    3 Natural Selection, Speciation and Extinction

    4 Behavioral Ecology

    5 Temperature

    6 Water

    7 Nutrients

    8 Demographic Techniques and Population Patterns

    9 Life Tables and Demography

    10 Population Growth

    11 Competition and Coexistence

    12 Facilitation

    13 Predation

    14 Herbivory

    15 Parasitism

    16 Population Regulation

    17 Species Diversity

    18 Species Richness Patterns

    19 Species Richness and Community Services

    20 Succession

    21 Island Biogeography

    22 Terrestrial Biomes

    23 Marine Biomes

    24 Freshwater Biomes

    25 Food Webs and Energy Flow

    26 Biomass Production

    27 Biogeochemical Cycles

    About the Author

    Peter Stiling

    Peter Stiling is a professor of biology at the University of South Florida at Tampa.  He has taught classes in ecology, environmental science, and community ecology, and in 1995 he received a teaching award in recognition of classroom excellence in these areas.  Dr. Stiling obtained his Ph.D. from University College, Cardiff, Wales, and completed postdoctoral research at Florida State University.