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Essentials of Ecology 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1405156585
ISBN-10: 1405156589
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"In a concise, engaging style, this book contains the essential principles of ecology from theoretical to their practical applications." (Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, July/August 2008)

"The new edition also features new artwork and an enhanced design, making Essentials of Ecology as attractive as it is up-to-date and relevant." (Biotechnologie, Agronomie Societe et Environment)

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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.

The third edition of this successful text is much more than a simple update, reflecting the vibrancy of the field. With hundreds of new examples, it contains for the first time a separate chapter on evolutionary ecology, with all other chapters, especially those on applied aspects, having been extensively revised and re-written. The new edition also features new artwork and an enhanced design, making Essentials of Ecology as attractive as it is up-to-date and relevant.

Outstanding features of the third edition of Essentials of Ecology include:


  • Dedicated website - available at www.blackwellpublishing.com/townsend, featuring study resources and web research questions
  • Key Concepts - summarized at the beginning of each chapter
  • History boxes outlining key landmarks in the development of ecology
  • Quantitative boxes - allowing mathematical aspects of ecology to be explained clearly without interrupting the flow of the text
  • Topical ECOncerns boxes - highlighting ethical, social and political questions in ecology
  • Review questions - included at the end of each chapter
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 532 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3 edition (February 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405156589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405156585
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With this book, the writers adapted there previous release ("Ecology : Individuals, Populations and Communities", third edition) for easily understanding of the matter. But they don't just adapted it, they rewrote it. They focused, for example, on problems that are still unresolved. It has been written for students in ecology but also for everyone who wants to learn more about populations, evolution and ecosystems. I hope it will lead to a better understanding of ecology...
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The book shrouds various tatters of the subject matter in dense, poorly worded compound sentences, dressed with excessive full color graphs and charts. It was full of limitless qualifications, redundancies, and undefined terminology (there was no glossary).

If you are unfortunate enough to find yourself in a position of having to actually have to wade through this, (for a class, for example), expect to find flatly unexplained contradictions in fact. (EG, the chapter on population sates that the rate of human population increase is steadily increasing, but then go on to repeatedly quotes Joel Cohen who states that it had slowed down in the 1970's).

Trying to study from it was a big enough ordeal to put most people off the subject for life. This textbook's abdication of explanatory rigor is probably one of the reasons the environmental movement has not gotten the popular traction it deserves.

Truly this textbook is a case study in obfuscatory humbug.
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By A Customer on March 15, 2003
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The content of the book was usually clear. However, there is no glossary at all, and the index is horrible. As a textbook, this is unacceptable. Trying to study from it was a nightmare.
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