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Ecology and Field Biology Hardcover – August 4, 2000


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This book presents a comprehensive overview of all aspects of ecology, including evolution, ecosystems theory, practical applications, plants, animals, biogeochemical cycles, and global change. A new chapter discusses global environmental change, human impacts on the global carbon cycle, and the possible implications for the global climate system. Six "Ecological Application Essays" demonstrate to students the real world relevance of ecological concepts. For example, Part V, Population Interactions, discusses how a lack of mushrooms helped power the Industrial Revolution. Reflecting current changes in the field of ecology, the new edition incorporates more discussion of the evolutionary perspective on ecological systems. For anyone interested in ecology.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings; 6th edition (August 4, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321042905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321042903
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jerilyn Jewett-Smith (jjewett@ramapo.edu) on October 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have used this book for several years as a text for my general ecology course. Although simple errors may plague this book, it is one of the most comprehensive for a course involving field investigations. The appendix sections on sampling plant and animal populations and life table construction are very helpful for students and instructors. The book is strong on physiological ecology, plant interactions, and case history presentations.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I "inherited" Smith's book from my predecessor as the text for a general ecology course (junior-level). I found it to be a poor choice. The fifth edition appears to have undergone recent and massive revision; the text had far more than its fair share of typos, literature citations that were not listed in the bibliography, and perhaps most damningly, colorful figures that were often inadequately explained and sometimes incorrectly labeled. While I understand the presence of factual errors - a text with a subject as diverse as ecology would be difficult for one person to write - there is no excuse for them. All in all, this book was a disappointment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jackson Landers on July 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
For a book that attempts to survey such a vast field, this does a good job. I find myself picking it up for reference purposes at least once every few months. Clear, concise explanations of ecological concepts and plentiful illustrations make this a useful volume.

If you are actually interested in ecology (rather than just getting a textbook for a required course), this is one of those textbooks that you will probably end up keeping on the bookshelf rather than selling at the end of the semester.
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By Melanie Hahn on August 17, 2014
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Awesome quality for such a great price. Very pleased.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucas J. Pence on September 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Textbook in great condition. Was here in a timely manner. Needed for a college course and will come in handy.
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