1. Fundamentals of Ecology by Eugene Odum, Gary W. Barrett, Hardcover: 624 pages, Brooks Cole
The late Eugene Odum was a pioneer in systems ecology and is credited with bringing ecosystems into the mainstream public consciousness as well as into introductory college instruction. This Fifth Edition is co-authored by Odum’s protege Gary Barrett and represents the last academic text Odum produced. The text retains its classic holistic approach to ecosystem science, but incorporates and integrates an evolutionary approach as well. In keeping with a greater temporal/spatial approach to ecology, new chapters in landscape ecology, regional ecology, and global ecology have been added building on the levels-of-organization hierarchy. Also, a final chapter entitled “Statistical Thinking for Students of Ecology” provides a quantitative synthesis to the field of statistics. Contemporary and engaging, This textbook brings clarity and specificity to the study of ecology in the twenty-first century.
2. Essentials of Ecology (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac) by Jr., G. Tyler Miller, Paperback: 336 pages, Publisher: Brooks Cole
With fair and balanced coverage and Internet tools integrated throughout, the book features an extensively developed art program and the most current coverage of ecology available. Students receive a free CD-ROM entitled “Interactive Concepts in Environmental Science”. This groundbreaking addition integrates nearly 100 engaging animations and interactions with chapter summaries, flashcards, and Web-based quizzes. Organized by chapter, the CD-ROM provides students with links to relevant resources, narrated animations, interactive figures, and prompts to review material and test themselves. The animations show complex processes and relationships unfolding on screen, such as smog formation, the phosphorus cycle, and the effects of acid rain. For this edition, Miller has added an on-line Web-based resource, entitled the Resource Integration Guide, which is updated quarterly with CNN Today video clips, animations, and articles from Thomson Learning InfoTrac College Edition service. Instructors will be able to seamlessly incorporate the most current news articles and research findings to support classroom instruction and text presentations.
3. The Science of Ecology by Richard Brewer, Hardcover: 816 pages, Publisher: Brooks Cole
This book presents ecology in an historical context that both majors and non-majors will appreciate and comprehend. The author offers clear explanations of principles in a logical and balanced sequence and is exceptional in making clear difficult topics such as population growth.
4. Ecology: The Experimental Analysis of Distribution and Abundance: Hands-On Field Package (5th Edition) by Charles J. Krebs, Hardcover: 608 pages, Publisher: Benjamin-Cummings
Reflecting the way ecologists actually practice, the book emphasizes the role of experiments in testing ecological ideas and discusses many contemporary and controversial problems related to distribution and abundance. Throughout the book, Krebs thoroughly explains the application of mathematical concepts in ecology while reinforcing these concepts with research references, examples, and interesting end-of-chapter review questions. Thoroughly updated with new examples and references, the book now features a new full-color design and is accompanied by an art CD-ROM for instructors.
5. Elements of Ecology (5th Edition) by Robert L. Smith, Thomas M. Smith, Graham C. Hickman, Susan M. Hickman, Paperback: 682 pages, Publisher: Benjamin-Cummings
This book provides readers with a popular modular organization and an easy-to-read writing style that explains the basics of ecology. The authors have updated the Fifth Edition to reflect the current emphasis on the physical environment, global environmental change, and adaptation/evolution. As a result, there are new chapters, a new structure, and new topics found in the table of contents. These changes provide readers with an understanding of the principles governing the relationships between plants, animals, and other living organisms within their environment, and give them skills to critically evaluating public issues related to ecology. Abundant real-life examples illustrate and clarify the book’s emphasis on understanding ecological patterns within an evolutionary framework. For instructors and students, or anyone interested in ecology.