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Fourth Edition

William D. Bowman, Sally D. Hacker and Michael L. Cain

Series : Sinauer

The new fourth edition of Ecology maintains its focus on providing an easy-to-read and well-organized text for instructors and students to explore the basics of ecology. This edition includes an increased emphasis on enhancing student quantitative and problem-solving skills.

1. The Web of Life
Unit One: Organisms and Their Environment
2. The Physical Environment
3. The Biosphere
4. Coping with Environmental Variation: Temperature and Water
5. Coping with Environmental Variation: Energy
Unit Two: Evolutionary Ecology
6. Evolution and Ecology
7. Life History
8. Behavioral Ecology
Unit Three: Populations
9. Population Distribution and Abundance
10. Population Growth and Regulation
11. Population Dynamics
Unit Four: Species Interactions
12. Predation
13. Parasitism
14. Competition
15. Mutualism and Commensalism
Unit Five: Communities
16. The Nature of Communities
17. Change in Communities
18. Biogeography
19. Species Diversity in Communities
Unit Six: Ecosystems
20. Production
21. Energy Flow and Food Webs
22. Nutrient Supply and Cycling
Unit Seven: Applied and Large-Scale Ecology
23. Conservation Biology
24. Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Management
25. Global Ecology
Illustration and Photo Credits
Literature Cited

Instructor Resources:
Ancillary Resource Center (ARC):
Image Bank:
- All figures, photos, and tables from the text
PowerPoint Slides:
Three different presentations for each chapter:
- All figures and tables
- Complete lecture outline, including selected figures
- Hands-On Problems (instructor versions)
Hands-On Problems:
- Student versions of the exercises from the Companion Website, with answers
Answers to Analyzing Data Exercises:
- Complete answers for all of the online exercises
Test Bank:
- Thorough set of questions for each chapter, categorized according to Bloom's Taxonomy
- All questions from the Companion Website online quizzes are included
- NEW! Additional quantitative questions
- Available in Microsoft Word, Diploma, and Blackboard formats
Online Quizzes:
- Online quiz for each chapter available on the Companion Website
- Custom quizzes can be created
Student Resources:
Companion Website:
- Chapter outlines and summaries
- Hands-On Problems
- Analyzing Data exercises
- Climate Change Connections
- Web extensions
- Online quizzes
- Web stats review - a brief statistics primer for ecology
- Flashcards
- Suggested readings
- Glossary
E-book ISBN 9781605356983

William D. Bowman is Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, affiliated with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Mountain Research Station, and the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research.

Sally D. Hacker is Professor at Oregon State University, Corvallis, where she has been a faculty member since 2004.

Michael L. Cain, having opted to change careers and focus full-time on writing, is currently affiliated with the Department of Biology at New Mexico State University.

Ecology - David T. Krohne

Special Features

  • A student-friendly structure consists of short chapters built around a small number of key concepts to provide students with a clear overview of the topic at hand.
  • Emphasizes ecological inquiry to show how our understanding of ecology is constantly changing due to new observations and new results from ecological experiments and models.
  • Discussions of applied topics, including conservation biology, are woven into each chapter, helping to capture and retain student interest.
  • Each chapter opens with a Case Study presenting an engaging story or interesting application in order to immerse students in the topic at hand.
  • End-of-chapter Connections in Nature sections demonstrate how the material affects and is affected by interactions at other levels of the ecological hierarchy.
  • Hands-On Problems are inquiry exercises included in each chapter that can be assigned as homework or used as in-class exercises.
  • Ecological Toolkit boxes describe ecological "tools" such as experimental design, remote sensing, GIS, mark - recapture techniques, stable isotope analysis, DNA fingerprinting, and the calculation of species - area curves.
New to this Edition
  • New Hone Your Problem-Solving Skills questions expose students to hypothetical situations or existing data sets, and allow them to work through data analysis and interpretation to better understand key ecological concepts.
  • Additional Climate Change vignettes help students appreciate the many consequences of global climate change on both organisms and ecosystems.