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The Background of Ecology : Concept and Theory - Robert P. McIntosh

The Background of Ecology

Concept and Theory

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Published: 19th January 1987
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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

'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

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Antecedents of ecologyp. 1
A transformed natural historyp. 4
What is ecology?p. 6
Sources of ecology seen by biologistsp. 9
Sources of ecology seen by historiansp. 11
Who founded ecology?p. 19
Self-conscious ecologyp. 21
The crystallization of ecologyp. 28
Nuclei for ecologyp. 34
Plant ecology, physiology, and plant geographyp. 39
Marine ecologyp. 49
Limnologyp. 57
Terrestrial animal ecologyp. 61
The institutionalization of ecologyp. 66
Dynamic ecologyp. 69
Early community and equilibrium conceptsp. 71
Dynamic plant ecologyp. 76
Animal community dynamicsp. 85
Aquatic communitiesp. 93
Paleoecologyp. 98
Equilibriump. 104
Quantitative community ecologyp. 107
Biogeographical originsp. 107
Marine biologyp. 110
Limnologyp. 120
Terrestrial plant ecologyp. 127
Problems of quantitative community ecologyp. 138
Population ecologyp. 146
Physiological ecology and population ecologyp. 147
Definition and antecedents of population ecologyp. 150
Population census and surveyp. 153
Theoretical population ecologyp. 171
Theoretical ecology, competition, and equilibriump. 178
Ecosystem ecology, systems ecology, and big biologyp. 193
Ecosystem ecologyp. 203
Systems ecologyp. 209
The International Biological Programp. 213
Systems analysisp. 221
Recent ecosystem ecologyp. 234
Theoretical approaches to ecologyp. 242
The revolution in theoretical ecologyp. 243
Ecologists as philosophersp. 247
Ecological theory and evolutionp. 256
Community theoryp. 263
Ecological laws and principlesp. 267
Theoretical mathematical ecologyp. 276
Ecology and environmentp. 289
Ecology and the conservation movementp. 292
Nature preserves and surveysp. 298
Human ecologyp. 301
Ecology and the environmental movementp. 308
Referencesp. 324
Name indexp. 373
Subject indexp. 378
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ISBN: 9780521270878
ISBN-10: 0521270871
Series: Cambridge Series in Ecology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 19th January 1987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57