- Constructive approach: Building up from organisms to populations to communities.
- Analytically approach: Deconstructing from communities into populations and furthermore into organisms.
- This book follows a constrictive rather than analytically approach in this regard.
- Chapter 1: Constraints of evolutionary history of organisms
- Chapter 2: Variation of environmental conditions with respect to place and time and their effect (limit) on the distribution of particular species.
- Chapter 3: Resources consumed by different types of organisms.
- Chapter 4: Variety in the schedules of birth and death (life histories)
- Chapter 5: Intraspecific competition for shared resources in short supply (interaction within single species populations)
- Chapter 6: Immigration and emigration
- Chapter 7: Applications: restoration, biosecurity, species conservation
- What role does the abundance of a specific species play in shaping a community?
- What will the chapters in Part I (Organisms) be covering?