Essentials of Ecology presents introductory ecology in an accessible, state-of-the-art format designed to cultivate the novice student's understanding of, and fascination with, the natural world. In a concise, engaging style, this text outlines the essential principles of ecology from the theoretical fundamentals to their practical applications. Full color artwork, simple pedagogical features and a wide range of timely examples make this book an ideal introduction to ecology for students at all levels. The second edition of this successful text provides expanded coverage and over a hundred examples reflecting the vibrancy of the field. More than a simple update, the new edition also features new artwork, an enhanced design, and additional integrated applications to make Essentials of Ecology up-to-date and relevant. Outstanding features of the second edition of Essentials of Ecology include: Dedicated website - study resources and web research questions provide students and instructors with an enhanced, interactive experience of the book Key Concepts - summarized at the beginning of each chapter Unanswered questions - highlighted throughout, emphasizing that in ecology, as in any science, we have much left to learn History boxes - outlining key landmarks in the development of ecology Quantitative boxes - allowing mathematical aspects of ecology to be explained thoroughly without interrupting the flow of the text Topical ECOncerns boxes - highlighting ethical, social and political questions in ecology Review questions - included at the end of each chapterTownsend, Colin R. is the author of 'Essentials of Ecology' with ISBN 9781405103282 and ISBN 1405103280.