Background of Ecology: Concept and Theory

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September 1986



The Background of Ecology is a critical and up-to-date review of the origins and development of ecology, with emphasis on the major concepts and theories shared in the ecological traditions of plant and animal ecology, limnology, and oceanography. The work traces developments in each of these somewhat isolated areas and identifies, where possible, parallels or convergences among them. Dr McIntosh describes how ecology emerged as a science in the context of nineteenth-century natural histor


Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Antecedents of ecology; 2. The crystallization of ecology; 3. Dynamic ecology; 4. Quantitative community ecology; 5. Population ecology; 6. Ecosystem ecology, systems ecology, and big biology; 7. Theoretical approaches to ecology; 8. Ecology and environment; References; Name index; Subject index.


'The breadth [of The Background of Ecology] is admirable, the references are thorough and usefully indexed, and the writing is clear.' Science '[Robert McIntosh's] classification of doctrinal tendencies and portrayal of leading controversies provides a valuable guide to a vast and still largely uncharted sea ... it is throughout a reference work of distinction and one which is sure to be of interest to ecologists as well as to historians.' Nature
EAN: 9780521270878
ISBN: 0521270871
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Ecology ('. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 1986
Seitenanzahl: 400 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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