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About the Author
Thomas M. Smith, Associate Professor in Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, received his Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Tennessee in 1982. The main focus of his research over the past two decades has been to develop an individual based theory of community and ecosystems dynamics. As part of this work he has served on numerous national and international panels that have addressed the potential influence of human activities on the global environment. He has authored over 70 publications based on his research, and he has been recognized as one of the most cited scientists in the field of global change research.
Thomas’s work has taken him to over 70 countries and 6 continents. He has served on the faculty of the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa), Australian National University (Canberra, Australia), as well as the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA, USA). In addition, he has held research scientist positions at both Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN, USA) and the Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria). His has over 20 years of experience teaching the science of ecology to both science and non-science majors.
Robert L. Smith holds a Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from Cornell University. He is Professor Emeritus of Ecology at West Virginia University. He has spent over 30 years teaching Ecology and conducting field research throughout the world.
His teaching responsibilities have involved mostly undergraduate courses in general ecology and graduate courses in population ecology and wildlife management. His research has included forest-fire related problems in southern West Virginia, vegetational development and succession on abandoned and reclaimed surface mines, the relation between forest vegetational structure and the forest bird community, and forest habitat assessment and habitat evaluation procedures based on vegetational structure.
Smith has served as a consultant to congressional committees, workshops on environmental education and energy and environmental problems, the National Landmarks program of the U.S. Department of Interior, National Research Council Task Forces on wildlife and fisheries issues and ecological classification systems for implementing environmental quality evaluation procedures.
Top Customer Reviews
The complaints I have with this book are what some others would consider praise. For example, it is tons of review if you've had many other biology courses. I've taken A&P and Cell biology, so I know more than enough about negative feedback inhibition, which this text covers again. I've had highschool biology so I don't need a review of how plants are autotrophs.
On the other hand, this book has elucidated things that I had no concept or idea about, including specific weather patterns and how the law of conservation of angular momentum causes trade winds. It sounds complicated just reading it here, but the textbook really breaks it down and before your finished with the first unit, you'll be able to sound professional around those in fields of conservation, ecology, and biology.
Highest praise is for how this textbook teaches the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium. I've "re-learned" this concept in General Biology, Organismal biology, genetics, statistics, and now in my Evolutionary Ecology course (so I'm quite familiar with it), but I've never seen it so clearly explained and described--could be that something finally sunk in, but I've known how to manipulate the formula for a while. I think the model used to explain it is what the book does that makes it such a great tool for teaching such a powerful formula.
The book can be dry at times, but I actually look forward to reading it. Not the most interesting textbook I've read, but certainly not the worst.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent copy especially for the price and the fact that it has been used.Published 4 months ago by bearyluv
My daughter was thoroughly pleased that it was exactly what she needed.Published 10 months ago by Brenda
This particular edition has information that is relevant to teaching in the Southwest, because it includes a discussion of Meriam's Life Zone system, which is still used in many... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Douglas Hulmes
This is my second best recommendation for a basic Ecology textbook. David Krohner's is the best. This book goes in more depth; but it does not explain the some of the terms in... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ecology665