Ecology Principles and Applications, 2nd Edition by J. L. Chapman and M. J. Reiss

Bibliographic Information:
Title: Ecology Principles and Applications
Editor: J. L. Chapman,
M. J. Reiss
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Cambridge
Length: 340 pages
Size: 115 MB
Language: English

Ecology: principles and applications provides a clear and up-to-date introduction to ecology for students studying at first-year undergraduate level or at advanced level. We outline the principles of ecology and show how relevant applications follow from these principles. The chapters follow a sequence of ascending scale beginning with individual organisms and proceeding through communities and ecosys­tems to global considerations of biogeography, co-evolution and conservation. Human ecology and applied topics are considered throughout the text wherever appropriate and a wealth of examples are drawn from all five kingdoms and around the world. Each chapter contains a summary. Most chapters also include extra, somewhat peripheral, material, presented as boxed text. These boxes may contain a particular case history, an historical perspective, a worked example of a quantitative concept or the out­line of a controversial theory. Sometimes they contain material that is more advanced than the main text. 
Key terms are printed in bold throughout the text and are defined in a glossary at the back of the book. There is an extensive bibliography at the end of the book which allows particular aspects of ecology to be pursued in more detail. 
The second edition shows a number of changes over the first. The number of diagrams and pho­tographs has been increased and some sections are now in colour. New material has been added 
throughout the text and examples are now taken from a greater number of countries. The most exten­sive changes have been to the sections on nutrient cycling, pollution, endangered species, biodiversity and conservation. Indeed, conservation is now given two chapters rather than one, with greater attention being paid to its philosophy, underlying biology, poli­tics and practice. Despite these additions we have striven to ensure that this remains an introductory text in ecology. We hope that the book, while thor­ough, is readable rather than daunting. 
Our appreciation and thanks are due to many people for their help and encouragement. We are especially grateful to Stephen Tomkins whose encouragement was most welcome and much need­ed. Particular thanks go to Stephen and to Myra Black, both of whom provided valuable comments on the entire typescript, and to Francis Gilbert and Neil . Ingram who, with Stephen and Myra, helped us when we were planning the book. Tony Seddon, Lucy Purkis and Lucy Harbron of Cambridge University Press proved to be helpful and understanding editors throughout the book's long gestation. 
For the second edition we are especially grateful to Sarah Gardner and others who suggested improve­ments. Diane Abbott, Aiden Gill, Sue Kearsey and Tom Gamblin could not have been more helpful in the book's production. 

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