- website to accompany book: www.blackwellpublishing.com/begon contains:
- interactive mathematical models
- links to ecology websites
- Authors published Essentials of Ecology to be a shorter textbook for those who will not study ecology again
- 4th edition has been reduced 15% in size
- John Harper, one of the 3 authors, is no longer participating in the 4th edition, he retired
- each chapter contains summary
- Textbook contains marginal notes as signposts that go along with the flow of the textbook and can also be read on their own. They can be used as a check for comprehension of the main section.
- First edition was very large in an attempt to "overcome the opposition of all competing textbooks."
- Ecology is a meeting-ground for: naturalists, experimentalists, field biologists and mathematical modelers. All ecologists should combine all these facets.
- Results from around 800 studies have been newly incorporated into the 4th edition of this texbook. most of which were published since the third edition.
- Different chapters of this book contain different proportions of:
- descriptive natural history
- laboratory and field experimentation
- field monitoring and censusing
- mathematical modeling
- What are the features of this book?
- What is unique about this book and differentiates it from others?
- What is the specific take and direction of this book?
- To whom is this book directed?
- Does this book use knowledge from ecology to position itself?