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G. Tyler Miller's worldwide bestsellers have evolved right along with the changing needs of the diverse student population. Focused specifically on energizing and engaging materials for students, Miller and new coauthor Scott Spoolman have been at work scrutinizing every line--enhancing, clarifying, and streamlining to reduce word density as well as updating with the very latest environmental news and research. The resulting texts are shorter, clearer, and so engaging that students will actually want to read the assignments. The ideal alternative to ecology texts that tend to be too difficult for non-majors, this succinct 11-chapter, full-color textbook covers scientific principles and concepts, ecosystems, evolution, biodiversity, population ecology, and more.
Table of Contents
Humans and Sustainability: An Overview
Environmental Problems, Their Causes, and Sustainability
Science, Ecological Principles, and Sustainability
Science, Matter, Energy, and Systems
Ecosystems: What Are They and How Do They Work?
Biodiversity and Evolution
Biodiversity, Species Interactions, and Population Control
The Human Population and Its Impact
Climate and Terrestrial Biodiversity
Sustaining Biodiversity: The Species Approach
Sustaining Terrestrial Biodiversity: The Ecosystem Approach
Sustaining Aquatic Biodiversity
Measurement Units, Precision, and Accuracy
Reading Graphs and Maps
Economic, Population, Hunger, Health, and Waste Production Data and Maps
Biodiversity, Ecological Footprints, and Environmental Performance Maps
Some Basic Chemistry
Classifying and Naming Species
Weather Basics: El Nio, Tornadoes, and Tropical Cyclones
Components and Interactions in Major Biomes
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