Environmental Biology offers an accessible introduction to the core elements of biology and the biosphere. With balanced coverage of acquatic and terrestrial examples throughout, the text builds logically to present a clear understanding of the fundamental processes of life before examining its more complex components, namely individuals, populations, communities and ecosystems.
A knowledge of environmental biology and its practical applications is essential for a deeper understanding of the environment. Environmental Biology offers an invaluable introduction to the living environment for all areas of study, from environmental history, agriculture and forestry, to impact assessment, climate change, ecology and conservation.
A non-specialist introduction to the core concepts of biology and the biosphere. Balancing discussions of both aquatic and terrestrial examples, the chapters build from simple to more complex ideas and examine the basic organization of organism and the biosphere; basic ecological concepts such as energy, food webs, and biogeochemical cycling; conditions and resources as determinants of ecology; individuals and populations; and elements of communities and ecosystems such as habitats, patchiness, trophic interaction, successions, stability and resistance in biodiversity, and biogeography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.