Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems
4th edition cover
|Author||Michael Begon, Colin R. Townsend, John L. Harper|
|Cover artist||Christopher Meech (mural), cover design by cyandesign.co.uk|
|Media type||Hard cover|
|LC Class||QH541 .B415 2006|
Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems is a 2006 higher education textbook on general ecology written by Michael Begon, Colin R. Townsend and John L. Harper. Published by Blackwell Publishing, it is now in its fourth edition. The first three editions were published by Blackwell Science under the title Ecology: Individuals, Populations and Communities. Since it first became available it has had a positive reception, and has long been one of the leading textbooks on ecology.
Background and history
The book is written by Michael Begon of the University of Liverpool's School of Biosciences, Colin Townsend, from the Department of Zoology of New Zealand's University of Otago, and the University of Exeter's John L. Harper. The first edition was published in 1986. This was followed in 1990 with a second edition. The third edition became available in 1996. The most recent edition appeared in 2006 under the new subtitle From Individuals to Ecosystems.
One of the book's authors, John L. Harper, is now deceased. The fourth edition cover is an image of a mural on a Wellington street created by Christopher Meech and a group of urban artists to generate thought about the topic of environmental degradation. It reads "we did not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrowed it from our children."
Part 1. ORGANISMS
1. Organisms in their environments: the evolutionary backdrop
4. Life, death and life histories
5. Intraspecific competition
6. Dispersal, dormancy and metapopulations
7. Ecological applications at the level of organisms and single-species populations
Part 2. SPECIES INTERACTIONS
8. Interspecific competition
9. The nature of predation
10. The population dynamics of predation
11. Decomposers and detritivores
12. Parasitism and disease
13. Symbiosis and mutualism
15. Ecological applications at the level of population interactions
Part 3. COMMUNITIES AND ECOSYSTEMS
16. The nature of the community
17. The flux of energy through ecosystems
18. The flux of matter through ecosystems
19. The influence of population interactions on community structure
20. Food webs
21. Patterns in species richness
22. Ecological applications at the level of communities and ecosystems
- Smith, Robert H. (February 1986). "Ecology writ large". Nature. 319 (6056): 809. doi:10.1038/319809b0.
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