Glossary I. WHAT IS ECOLOGY? 1. Introduction to the Science of Ecology 2. Evolution and Ecology 3. Behavioral Ecology II. GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTIONS 4. Analyzing Geographic Distributions 5. Factors That Limit Distributions I: Biotic 6. Factors That Limit Distributions II: Abiotic 7. Distribution and Abundance III. THE PROBLEM OF ABUNDANCE: POPULATIONS 8. Population Parameters and Demographic Techniques 9. Population Growth 10. Species Interactions I: Competition 11. Species Interactions II: Predation 12. Species Interactions III: Herbivory and Mutualism 13. Species Interactions IV: Disease and Parasitism 14. Regulation of Population Size 15. Applied Problems I: Harvesting Populations 16. Applied Problems II: Pest Control 17. Applied Problems III: Conservation Biology IV. DISTRIBUTION AND ABUNDANCE AT THE COMMUNITY LEVEL 18. Community Structure 19. Community Dynamics I: Biodiversity 20. Community Dynamics II: Predation and Competition 21. Community Dynamics III: Nonequilibrium Communities 22. Ecosystem Metabolism I: Primary Production 23. Ecosystem Metabolism II: Secondary Production 24. Ecosystem Metabolism III: Nutrient Cycles 25. Ecosystem Dynamics under Changing Climates 26. Ecosystem Health: Human Impacts Appendix I - A Primer on Population Genetics Appendix II - Instantaneous and Finite Rates Appendix III - Species Diversity Measures of Heterogeneity Bibliography Credits Species Index Subject Index
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