Higher Education

Essentials of Ecology, 7th Edition

  • G. Tyler Miller Jr.
  • Scott Spoolman
  • ISBN-10: 1285197267  |  ISBN-13: 9781285197265
  • 400 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2007
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $174.75

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Overview

“Inspiring people to care about the planet.” Using sustainability as the integrating theme, this succinct 11-chapter, full color textbook covers scientific principles and concepts, ecosystems, evolution, biodiversity, population ecology, and more. Covers scientific principles and concepts, ecosystems, evolution, biodiversity, population ecology, and so much more. In the new edition of ESSENTIALS OF ECOLOGY, authors Tyler Miller and Scott Spoolman have partnered with the National Geographic Society to develop a text designed to equip students with the inspiration and knowledge they need to make a difference solving today’s environmental issues. Exclusive content highlights important work of National Geographic Explorers, and features over 100 new photos, maps, and illustrations that bring course concepts to life. In addition to the integration of new and engaging National Geographic content, every chapter has been thoroughly updated and 6 new Core Case Studies offer current examples of environmental problems and scenarios for potential solutions. The concept-centered approach used in the text transforms complex environmental topics and issues into key concepts that students will understand and remember. Overall, by framing the concepts with goals for more sustainable lifestyles and human communities, students see how promising the future can be and their important role in shaping it. The MindTap online edition of ESSENTIALS OF ECOLOGY offers additional exclusive National Geographic content, including high-quality videos on important environmental problems and efforts being made to address them. Team up with Miller/Spoolman’s, ESSENTIALS OF ECOLOGY and the National Geographic Society to offer your students the most inspiring introduction to environmental science available!

Features and Benefits

  • CENTRAL THEME OF SUSTAINABILITY: Three clearly explained principles of sustainability (solar energy, chemical cycling, and biodiversity) are integrated throughout every chapter and take students through the practical steps they can take toward more sustainable lifestyles. Icons highlight sustainability throughout the text.
  • CORE CASE STUDIES IN EVERY CHAPTER: Core case studies explore current and relevant environmental topics and place them in the context of sustainability for the student.
  • “Good News” logos mark areas in the text that present positive developments in efforts to deal with environmental problems.
  • “Connections” boxes in each chapter briefly describe connections between human activities and environmental consequences, environmental and social issues, and environmental issues and solutions.
  • “Three Big Ideas” appear near the end of every chapter, reinforcing key take-away ideas students can apply. In the new edition a section called Tying it All Together serves as a recap of the Core Case Study and puts what the student has just read in context.
  • CONCEPT-CENTERED APPROACH: To help students focus on the main ideas, each major chapter section is built around one to two key concepts which state the most important take-away messages of each chapter.
  • REAL DATA: Each chapter includes a quantitative Data Analysis or Ecological Footprint Analysis exercise. Data Analysis exercises include graphs and real-life data that students refer to directly to answer quantitative questions. Ecological Footprint Analysis exercises focus on human impact through analysis of emissions data, population data, and other current real-life statistics.
  • OBJECTIVE COVERAGE: A strong emphasis on scientific objectivity and the need for non-biased solutions is a hallmark of the text. “Trade-Offs” boxes present advantages and disadvantages of various environmental technologies and solutions to environmental problems.

Table of Contents

PART I: HUMANS AND SUSTAINABILITY: AN OVERVIEW.
1. Environmental Problems, Their Causes, and Sustainability.
PART II: SCIENCE, ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES, AND SUSTAINABILITY.
2. Science, Matter, Energy, and Systems.
3. Ecosystems: What Are They and How Do They Work?
4. Biodiversity and Evolution.
5. Biodiversity, Species Interactions, and Population Control.
6. The Human Population and Its Impact.
7. Climate and Biodiversity.
8. Aquatic Biodiversity.
PART III: SUSTAINING BIODIVERSITY.
9. Sustaining Biodiversity: The Species Approach.
10. Sustaining Terrestrial Biodiversity: The Ecosystem Approach.
11. Sustaining Aquatic Biodiversity.

What's New

  • Co-authors Tyler Miller and Scott Spoolman have partnered with the National Geographic Society to include exclusive content from the National Geographic Society’s world-renowned photo and map collections. Over 100 new photos, maps, and illustrations provide students with the most visual and inspiring introduction to environmental science available.
  • New Core Case Studies in 6 of the 11 chapters provide in-depth examples of specific environmental problems and scenarios for potential solutions, helping students understand the concepts in the chapter and apply them to a real-world situation.
  • Individuals Matter boxes now include profiles of National Geographic Explorers who are making significant contributions to improving the environment. These highly graphical sections highlight efforts of researchers to improve the world’s environment by applying unique science-based solutions.
  • Consider This boxes now include a new emphasis on Campus Sustainability to focus attention on the environmental efforts of students and professors at specific institutions.
  • At the end of every chapter a new feature called Global Environment Watch Activities help students learn how to use an extensive database of environmental articles and other materials that are updated several times a day and are available exclusively for users of this book.

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Updated several times a day, the GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT WATCH is your one-stop site for classroom discussion and research projects. This resource center is a focused portal into GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) and keeps you up-to-date with the most current news on the environment. You get access to information from trusted academic journals, news outlets, and magazines, as well as statistics, an interactive world map, videos, primary sources, case studies, podcasts, and much more!

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

G. Tyler Miller Jr.

G. Tyler Miller has written 62 textbooks for introductory courses in environmental science, basic ecology, energy, and environmental chemistry. Since 1975, Miller's books have been the most widely used textbooks for environmental science in the United States and throughout the world. They have been used by almost three million students and have been translated into eight languages. Miller has a professional background in chemistry, physics, and ecology. He has a PhD from the University of Virginia and has received two honorary doctoral degrees for his contributions to environmental education. He taught college for 20 years, developed one of the nation's first environmental studies programs, and developed an innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate science program before deciding to write environmental science textbooks full time in 1975. Currently, he is the president of Earth Education and Research, which is devoted to improving environmental education.

Scott Spoolman

Scott Spoolman is a writer and textbook editor with more than 30 years of experience in educational publishing. He has worked with Tyler Miller since 2003 as a contributing author on editions of LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, and SUSTAINING THE EARTH. With Norman Myers, he also coauthored ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS: A MODULAR APPROACH. Spoolman holds a master's degree in science journalism from the University of Minnesota. He has authored numerous articles in the fields of science, environmental engineering, politics, and business. He worked as an acquisitions editor on a series of college forestry textbooks. He has also worked as a consulting editor in the development of over 70 college and high school textbooks in fields of the natural and social sciences. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the forests and waters of his native Wisconsin along with his family— his wife, environmental educator Gail Martinelli, and his children, Will and Katie.