Community Ecology: Processes, Models, and Applications

Paperback | December 26, 2009

EditorHerman A. Verhoef, Peter J. Morin

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Community ecology is the study of the interactions between populations of co-existing species. This book provides a survey of the state-of-the-art in theory and applications of community ecology, with special attention to topology, dynamics, the importance of spatial and temporal scale, aswell as applications to emerging problems in human-dominated ecosystems (including the restoration and reconstruction of viable communities). It adopts a mainly theoretical approach and focuses on the use of network-based theory which remains little explored in standard community ecology textbooks.The book includes discussion of the effects of biotic invasions on natural communities, the linking of ecological network structure to empirically measured community properties and dynamics, the effects of evolution on community patterns and processes, and the integration of fundamental interactionsinto ecological networks. A final chapter indicates future research directions for the discipline. This book provides ideal graduate seminar course material.

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Community ecology is the study of the interactions between populations of co-existing species. This book provides a survey of the state-of-the-art in theory and applications of community ecology, with special attention to topology, dynamics, the importance of spatial and temporal scale, aswell as applications to emerging problems in hu...

Herman Verhoef obtained his PhD at the Faculty of Biology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. After having been involved in the ecophysiology of soil animals, he has turned his attention to Community Ecology. He is a Professor of Soil Ecology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, focussing on soil-plant interactions and the relations ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:December 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroductionPart I: Shape and Structure1. Owen L. Petchey, Peter J. Morin, and Han Olff: The Topology of Ecological Interaction Networks: The State of the ArtPart II: Dynamics2. Herman A. Verhoef and Han Olff: Trophic Dynamics of Communities3. Ulrich Brose and Jennifer A. Dunne: Modeling the Dynamics of Complex Food Webs4. Tadashi Fukami: Community Assembly Dynamics in SpacePart III: Space and Time5. Jonathan M. Chase and Janne Bengtsson: Increasing Spatio-Temporal Scales: Metacommunity Ecology6. Matty P. Berg: Spatio-Temporal Structure in Soil Communities and Ecosystem ProcessesPart IV: Applications7. Wim H. van der Putten: Applications of Community Ecology Approaches in Terrestrial Ecosystems: Local Problems, Remote Causes8. J. Emmett Duffy: Sea Changes: Structure and Functioning of Emerging Marine Communities9. Janne Bengtsson: Applied (Meta)community Ecology: Diversity and Ecosystem Services at the Intersection of Local and Regional Processes10. Jan P. Bakker, Dries P.J. Kuijper, and Julia Stahl: Community Ecology and Management of Salt MarshesPart V: Future Directions11. Jacintha Ellers: Evolutionary Processes in Community Ecology12. Nicolas Loeuille and Michel Loreau: Emergence of Complex Food Web Structure in Community Evolution Models13. David Kothamasi, E. Toby Kiers, and Marcel G.A. van der Heijden: Mutualisms and Community Organization14. Peter J. Morin: Emerging Frontiers of Community EcologyReferencesIndex