Aquatic Food Webs: An ecosystem approach

Paperback | April 28, 2005

EditorAndrea Belgrano, Ursula M. Scharler, Jennifer Dunne

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This volume provides a current synthesis of theoretical and empirical food web research. Whether they are binary systems or weighted networks, food webs are of particular interest to ecologists in providing a macroscopic view of ecosystems. They describe interactions between species and theirenvironment, and subsequent advances in the understanding of their structure, function, and dynamics are of vital importance to ecosystem management and conservation. Aquatic Food Webs provides a synthesis of the current issues in food web theory and its applications, covering issues of structure,function, scaling, complexity, and stability in the contexts of conservation, fisheries, and climate. Although the focus of this volume is upon aquatic food webs (where many of the recent advances have been made), any ecologist with an interest in food web theory and its applications will find theissues addressed in this book of value and use. This advanced textbook is suitable for graduate level students as well as professional researchers in community, ecosystem, and theoretical ecology, in aquatic ecology, and in conservation biology.

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This volume provides a current synthesis of theoretical and empirical food web research. Whether they are binary systems or weighted networks, food webs are of particular interest to ecologists in providing a macroscopic view of ecosystems. They describe interactions between species and theirenvironment, and subsequent advances in the ...

Andrea Belgrano is a Researcher at the National Center for Genome Resources, University of New Mexico. Ursula Scharler is a Fellow of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center at the University of Maryland. Jennifer Dunne is an ecologist with interests in computational ecology and ecoinformatics. She is a co-founder and the assist...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.55 inPublished:April 28, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Michel Loreau: ForewordIntroduction1. Structure and Function1. James J. Elser and Dag O. Hessen: Biosimplicity via stoichiometry: the evolution of food-web structure and processes2. Carlos J. Melian, Jordi Bascompte, and Pedro Jordano: Spatial structure and dynamics in a marine food web3. Robert R. Christian, Daniel Baird, Joseph Luczkovich, Jeffrey C. Johnson, Ursula Scharler, and Robert E. Ulanowicz: Role of network analysis in comparative ecosystem ecology of estuaries4. Dietmar Straile: Food webs in lakes - seasonal dynamics and impact of climate variability5. Guy Woodward, Ross Thompson, Colin R Townsend, and Alan G Hildrew: Pattern and process in food webs: evidence from running waters2. Examining food web theories6. Andrew R. Solow: Some random thoughts on the statistical analysis of food web data7. James T. Morris, Robert R. Christian, and Robert E. Ulanowicz: Analysis of size and complexity of randomly constructed food webs by information theoretic metrics8. Simon Jennings: Size-based analyses of aquatic food webs9. Jason S. Link, William T. Stockhausen, and Elizabeth T. Methratta: Complexity in aquatic food webs: an ecosystem approach3. Stability and diversity in food webs10. Jennifer A. Dunne, Ulrich Brose, Richard J. Williams and Neo D. Martinez: Modelling food-web dynamics: complexity-stability implications11. Michio Kondoh: Is biodiversity maintained by food-web complexity? - The adaptive food-web hypothesis12. L. Ciannelli, D.O. Hjermann, P. Lehodey, G. Ottersen, J.T. Duffy-Anderson, N.C. Stenseth: Climate forcing, food web structure, and community dynamics in pelagic marine ecosystems13. Enric Sala and George Sugihara: Food web theory provides guidelines for marine conservation14. Helmut Hillebrand and Jonathan B. Shurin: Biodiversity and aquatic food webs4. Concluding remarks15. Robert E. Ulanowicz: Ecological network analysis: an escape from the machineMathew Leibold: AfterwordReferencesIndex