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Essentials of Ecology [Paperback]

Colin R. Townsend , Michael Begon , John L. Harper
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1 Feb 2008 1405156589 978-1405156585 3rd Edition
This textbook 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 this book 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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  • Paperback: 532 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 3rd Edition edition (1 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405156589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405156585
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 19.3 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 23 Oct 2006
Format:Paperback
If you need an ecology book and you want Begon Harper and Townsend then get the new edition Ecology:From individuals to Ecosystems

It costs more or less the same and has 100 times the depth of information.

I'm annoyed that i paid good money for a not-so-good book
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good overview of ecology 20 Oct 2002
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is a good background for ecology. All essential points and termanology is clearly given, making this book easier to revise from. However, there is not enough use of colour (or at least any colour apart from purple) to break the text, making it a more daunting read. Graphs and diagrams are clear, though dull in purple monohrome.
Overall, 'Essentials of Ecology' is good as a textbook, but not for enjoyment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars basic knowledge only 14 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
For the undergraduate new to ecology this is a great book to get you versed in fundemental principles, statements and terms. However for those looking to achieve a first this book simply does not go into enough detail, the diagrams are not thouroughly explained, there is no pointers/links/website etc. mentioned at key points or studies to springboard to further reading and knowledge.

I was recommended this as an undergraduate 2nd year core textbook, and that is what it is a CORE text for a firm foundation in basic ecology. To get the most out of this book, an individual must be motivated enough to put post-it's through the book at interesting points and research them yourself elsewhere.

For me diagrams are simple explanations of text, you must only glance on them to understand them (like a school textbook). I found little thought-provoking studies given. There is also not enough bold colours or other methods to attract readers. This is neither a good revision book or for light reading.

I would also say that on some accounts some points are labored on to death when I understood in the first 2 sentences, whereas some of the more complex maths involved i.e. the Lotka_volterra equations etc. for one who did not study Alevel maths would have been confusing and more background knowledge needed to be supplied.

However I would say that the way it is laid out is good i.e. the sections and chapters as well as good 'key points' in the margins if your in a hurry.

In short probably better getting either a shorter, easier to read book OR a larger textbook with more depth, this is a kind of hybrid which doesn't really work terribly well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As ordered. 19 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book was delivered well within the estimated time. It's in good condition. You can tell that many a student has leafed through it looking for answers but for a 10 year old book it's in great nick. I even got an e-mail enquiring as to whether I received it which I thought was a nice touch. Nearly 500 pages of Ecological goodness for under €12. I am not an ad :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 24 July 2013
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Perfect for any students going down the more environmental and ecology size of biology at university. Explains everything well and one of the only textbooks I'll keep going back to and possibly might read for interest now I've finished my degree. Nicely set out and easy to understand.
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