Elements of Ecology, Global Edition Mastering Biology with eText, 9th Edition

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Elements of Ecology, Global Edition Mastering Biology with eText, 9th Edition

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Mastering Biology is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment product that improves results by helping students quickly master concepts. Students benefit from self-paced tutorials that feature immediate wrong-answer feedback and hints that emulate the office-hour experience to help keep students on track. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, students are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts.

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Elements of Ecology continues to explain ecological processes clearly and concisely, with a greater emphasis on the relevance of ecology to everyday life and the human impact on ecosystems. This dramatically revised edition discusses issues of human ecology throughout the text and provides a greater variety of opportunities for students to learn, practice, and develop quantitative and analytical skills. Current research examples and other content updates are supported by more than 200 redesigned, full-colour illustrations, graphs, and tables.


  • Mastering Biology assignment options reinforce basic ecology concepts presented in each chapter for students to learn and practice outside of class.
    • A wide variety of assignable and automatically-graded Coaching Activities , including GraphtIt, QuantifyIt, and InvestigateIt activities, allow students to practice and review key concepts and essential skills.
    • MapMaster™ Interactive map activities act as a mini-GIS tool, allowing students to layer thematic maps for analysing patterns and data at regional and global scales. Multiple-choice and short-answer assessment questions are organised around the themes of ecosystems, physical environments, and populations.
    • Reading Questions keep students on track and allow them to test their understanding of ecology concepts.
  • Mastering Biology makes it easy for instructors to assign relevant applications and current topics as homework outside of class.
    • Current Events activities are regularly updated and require students to demonstrate their understanding of New York Times articles and ABC News video clips.
    • InvestigateIt Activities allow students to further explore and analyse the Field Study examples provided in the text.
    • QuantifyIt and GraphIt coaching activities challenge students to practice basic data interpretation and analysis skills.

Help Students Interpret and Analyse Data

  • Expanded Interpreting Ecological Data figure questions challenge students to pull information from graphs and data tables and to consider different outcomes.
  • Expanded Quantifying Ecology boxes now appear in every chapter and delve into selected chapter topics in greater detail to explain the related interpretation of ecological data, quantitative methods, and mathematical models.
  • Further Readings at the end of each chapter emphasise how the text is based on real scientific studies. These Further Readings are annotated to explain their relevance to the student/instructor.


Keep Your Course Current and Relevant while also keeping students focused on learning essential concepts.

  • NEW!  Human Ecology discussions are now integrated throughout each chapter in an “Ecological Issues and Applications” section. This material, which was previously found Chapters 28, and 29, has been streamlined and is now presented in context with basic ecology concepts to emphasise the relevance of ecology to understanding and addressing environmental concerns.  Each section is followed by a set of critical thinking questions.
  • NEW! Chapter 27 Global Climate Change has been completely updated and incorporates current data and examples.
  • NEW!  Streamlined discussions on metapopulations provide a more accessible introduction to these topics by moving this material from a separate chapter (12) to the chapters on population structure (Chapter 8) and landscape ecology (Chapter 20),
  • NEW! A dramatically-revised art program features more than 200 redesigned, full-colour illustrations, graphs and tables.
  • UPDATED! Field Studies discuss ecological research performed by young up-and-coming scientists, and challenge students to interpret the results of the featured research.


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Table of contents
  • Chapter 1: The Nature of Ecology
  • Chapter 2: Climate
  • Chapter 3: The Aquatic Environment
  • Chapter 4: The Terrestrial Environment
  • Chapter 5: Adaptation and Natural Selection
  • Chapter 6: Plant Adaptations to the Environment
  • Chapter 7: Animal Adaptations to the Environment
  • Chapter 8: Properties of Populations
  • Chapter 9: Population Growth
  • Chapter 10: Life History
  • Chapter 11: Intraspecific Population Regulation
  • Chapter 12: Species Interactions, Population Dynamics, and Natural Selection
  • Chapter 13: Interspecific Competition
  • Chapter 14: Predation
  • Chapter 15: Parasitism and Mutualism
  • Chapter 16: Community Structure
  • Chapter 17: Factors Influencing the Structure of Communities
  • Chapter 18: Community Dynamics
  • Chapter 19: Landscape Dynamics
  • Chapter 20: Ecosystem Energetics
  • Chapter 21: Decomposition and Nutrient Cycling
  • Chapter 22: Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Chapter 23: Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Chapter 24: Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Chapter 25: Coastal and Wetland Ecosystems
  • Chapter 26: Large-Scale Patterns of Biological Diversity
  • Chapter 27: Global Climate Change