ESSENTIALS OF ECOLOGY, Third Edition is the ideal alternative to other ecology texts, which tend to be too difficult for non-majors. It is a succinct 13-chapter introduction, using clear, straightforward language and providing the scientific foundation necessary to understand ecological issues. Tyler Miller is the most successful author in academic writing on environmental science because of his attention to currency, trend setting presentation of content, ability to predict student and instructor needs for new and different supplements, and his ability to retain the hallmarks on which instructors have come to depend. The content in the 3rd edition of ESSENTIALS OF ECOLOGY is everything you have come to expect and more. In this edition, the author has added the "How Would You Vote?" feature, which is an application of environmental science-related topics in the news. Students apply their environmental science knowledge from the book to a Web activity, which helps them investigate environmental science issues in a structured manner. They then cast their votes on the Web. Results are then tallied. Also found at the Miller website is the much used "Updates on Line," updated twice a year with articles from InfoTrac. College Edition service, CNN. Today video clips, and Web links. Instructors can seamlessly incorporate the most current news articles and research findings to support text presentations. This is a time saver for instructors and part-time teachers who can quickly determine what ancillary materials they want to utilize in just minutes. As with the last edition, this text is packaged with a free Student CD-ROM entitled "Interactive Concepts in Environmental Science." Organized bychapter, the CD gives students links to relevant resources, narrated animations, interactive figures, and prompts to review material and test themselves.Miller, G. Tyler, Jr. is the author of 'Essentials of Ecology With Infotrac', published 2004 under ISBN 9780534997755 and ISBN 0534997759.