Publisher description for Essentials of ecology / Colin R. Townsend, Michael Begon, John L. Harper.

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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.

A significantly updated new edition of this popular introductory ecology textbook

Outlines the essential principles of ecology from the theoretical fundamentals to their practical applications

Contains hundreds of new examples, and for the first time, a separate chapter on evolutionary ecology

Student features include: key concepts; “unanswered questions” sections; history boxes outlining key landmarks in the development of ecology; quantitative boxes explaining mathematical aspects of ecology; chapter-by chapter review questions; and “topical concerns” boxes highlighting ethical, social and political questions in ecology

Supported by a dedicated website featuring study resources and web research questions (

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