This is the first text to deal comprehensively with ecological principles and practice in plant and animal ecology in an Australian context, with wholly Australian examples. It is an ideal reference for students throughout their undergraduate careers, and a starting point for postgraduate students and researchers. The book is structured so that it will be applicable to courses in plant and animal ecology, conservation,and natural resource management throughout Australia. There are 34 chapters, each written by experts in the field. The book is well-illustrated with figures and photos, and includes a glossary, index to scientific names, index to common names and subject index.