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Primer of Ecology

4.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0878932702
ISBN-10: 0878932704
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NICHOLAS J. GOTELLI is Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Vermont. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Sinauer Assoc Inc (June 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878932704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878932702
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Four and one half stars.
Dr. Gotelli's book is the most successful which I am familiar at "demystifying" the mathematical concepts in ecology. "A primer of ecology" is very well organized and written so as not to frighten off the uninitiated, but covers the mathematics well enough to be an adequate refresher for those that have slipped in some areas. The inclusion of ecological succession in the 3rd edition is an important addition and not merely a reason to put out a new version. I highly recommend this text to anyone who is interested in learning about ecological study, and I think it would make an excellent senior undergraduate or supplemental graduate text.
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I had to read Gotelli's A Primer of Ecology for my Ecology class at Brown University. I thought that it was by far the most comprehensive and easily read book used in that class. The mathematical models were always backed up with empirical evidence to several models in the field. A definate must read for all ecologists!
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This book is a must for people starting to study ecology.
It's short, very well written and clear, concise, not oversimplifying, and it's very nice to read. It has real life examples too. It's true it doesn't go very deep, but it gives you the perfect fundation to go deeper after it, reading Begon for example, which is a good book but gives for granted a lot of concepts.
Anyone can read this book, because it starts fron absolut zero, which is the very best of it.
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My previous review of an ecology book praised it for being light on the math (Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems, by Michael Begon et al 2011). This book is quite the opposite, and it is great about it. This book takes a quantitative approach and explains equation after equation in its ecological context. It is beautiful in its approach and provdes a greater understanding of each concept. The reason I do not give it a full five stars is because the end questions are scarce and math is best learned with many many many problems. I highly recommend the text for understanding but to truly master the equations one will need a professor to give them problems to workout.
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This is a fantastically written, organized primer of ecology. I was required to read and learn this book for my comprehensive exams for my PhD. I have since referred to it many times of the past few years.
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Unlike some other texts, this book is easy to read and understand. Gives a great overview of ecological models.
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I had this book for my college ecology course and it's a nice one. Everything is explained clearly and throughly. It's a good addition to your library if you're into that kind of thing.
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This is the best practical manual for quick understanding of topic such as growth rate, life history table, etc.
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