Ecology in Action

by Fred D. Singer

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  • 9781107115378
  • 9781316447048
  • 9781316444030
Taking a fresh approach to integrating key concepts and research processes, this undergraduate textbook encourages students to develop an understanding of how ecologists raise and answer real-world questions. Four unique chapters describe the development and evolution of different research programs in each of ecology's core areas, showing students that research is undertaken by real people who are profoundly influenced by their social and political environments. Beginning with a case study to capture student interest, each chapter emphasizes the linkage between observations, ideas, questions, hypotheses, predictions, results, and conclusions. Discussion questions, integrated within the text, encourage active participation, and a range of end-of-chapter questions reinforce knowledge and encourage application of analytical and critical thinking skills to real ecological questions. Students are asked to analyze and interpret real data, with support from online tutorials demonstrating the R programming language for statistical analysis.

  • Cambridge University Press; March 2016
  • ISBN: 9781316447048
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  • Title: Ecology in Action
  • Author: Fred D. Singer
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781107115378
  • 9781316447048
  • 9781316444030

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'The textbook has a very logical approach, which actually matches the four main syllabus areas of my first year undergraduate course in ecology and evolution. The author says that he has read all the usual textbooks and that is evident. It is very refreshing to read a new textbook, rather than a new edition of an old textbook. The format is very engaging, particularly getting students to think about different types of exam questions at the end … The case studies bring the chapters to life, which contributes to making this a very interesting read; ecology textbooks can be theory-heavy, which makes them very dry. The structuring of chapters is very intuitive and builds on previous chapters, as a lecture course would. However, a chapter could be read out of order too as explanations are very clear.' Judith Lock, University of Southampton