Books : reviews

Michael Begon, Colin R. Townsend, John L. Harper.
Ecology: from individuals to ecosystems: 4th edn.
Blackwell. 2006

Begon, Townsend and Harper's Ecology has long been regarded as the definitive textbook on all aspects of ecology. This new edition continues to provide a comprehensive treatment of the subject from the first principles of ecology to a vivid reflection of our understanding of ecology in the 21st century.

Thoroughly revised and updated, this fourth edition includes:

  • three new chapters on applied ecology, reflecting a rigorous, scientific approach to the ecological problems now facing the human race
  • discussion of over 750 new studies, updating the text throughout
  • an updated, user-friendly design with margin notes and chapter summaries that serve as study aids
  • a dedicated website at

The resulting textbook is easy to use, lucid and up-to-date, and is the essential reference for all students whose degree program includes ecoloqy and for practicing ecologists.