Examining Ecology: Exercises In Environmental Biology And Conservation

Paperback | July 1, 2017

byPaul A. Rees

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Examining Ecology: Exercises in Environmental Biology and Conservationexplains foundational ecological principles using a hands-on approach that features analyzing data, drawing graphs, and undertaking practical exercises that simulate field work. The book provides students and lecturers with real life examples to demonstrate basic principles. The book helps students, instructors, and those new to the field learn about the principles of ecology and conservation by completing a series of problems. Prior knowledge of the subject is not assumed; the work requires users to be able to perform simple calculations and draw graphs. Most of the exercises in the book have been used widely by the author's own students over a number of years, and many are based on real data from published research. Exercises are succinct with a broad number of options, which is a unique feature among similar books on this topic.

The book is primarily intended as a resource for students, academics, and instructors studying, teaching, and working in zoology, ecology, biology, wildlife conservation and management, ecophysiology, behavioural ecology, population biology and ecology, environmental biology, or environmental science. Students will be able to progress through the book attempting each exercise in a logical sequence, beginning with basic principles and working up to more complex exercises. Alternatively they may wish to focus on specific chapters on specialist areas, e.g., population dynamics. Many of the exercises introduce students to mathematical methods (calculations, use of formulae, drawing of graphs, calculating simple statistics). Other exercises simulate fieldwork projects, allowing users to collect and analyze data which would take considerable time and effort to collect in the field.



  • Facilitates learning about the principles of ecology and conservation biology through succinct, yet comprehensive real-life examples, problems, and exercises
  • Features authoritatively and consistently written foundational content in biodiversity, ecophysiology, behavioral ecology, and more, as well as abundant and diverse cases for applied use
  • Functions as a means of learning ecological and conservation-related principles by doing , e.g., by analyzing data, drawing graphs, and undertaking practical exercises that simulate field work, and more
  • Features approximately 150 photos and figures created and produced by the author

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Examining Ecology: Exercises in Environmental Biology and Conservationexplains foundational ecological principles using a hands-on approach that features analyzing data, drawing graphs, and undertaking practical exercises that simulate field work. The book provides students and lecturers with real life examples to demonstrate basic pri...

Dr. Paul A. Rees is Senior Lecturer in Wildlife and has been an instructor for various levels for nearly four decades. In 2002, he introduced Wildlife Programmes at Salford and in 2005 established the first undergraduate program in the UK focusing on zoo biology (BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology). He currently teaches ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:July 1, 2017Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0128093544

ISBN - 13:9780128093542

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Table of Contents

1. Biodiversity and taxonomy 2. Abiotic factors and ecophysiology 3. Ecosystems, energy and nutrients 4. Determining abundance and distribution 5. Population growth 6. Species interactions 7. Behavioural ecology and ecological genetics 8. Environmental pollution and perturbations 9. Conservation Biology 10. Statistics 11. Multiple choice questions 12. Answers to exercises and multiple choice questions