Energetic Food Webs: An analysis of real and model ecosystems

Paperback | May 31, 2012

byJohn C. Moore, Peter C. de Ruiter

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In ecosystems with many species, food webs form highly complex networks of resource-consumer interactions. At the same time, the food web as itself needs sufficient resources to develop and survive. So in fact, food web ecology is about how natural resources form the basis of biologicalcommunities, in terms of species richness and abundances as well as how species are organised in communities on the basis of the resource availability and use. The central theme of this book is that patterns in the utilisation of energy result from the trophic interactions among species, and thatthese patterns form the basis of ecosystem stability. The authors integrate the latest work on community dynamics, ecosystem energetics, and stability, and in so doing attempt to dispel the categorisation of the field into the separate subdisciplines of population, community, and ecosystem ecology. Energetic Food Webs represents the first attempt tobridge the gap between the energetic and species approaches to ecology.

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In ecosystems with many species, food webs form highly complex networks of resource-consumer interactions. At the same time, the food web as itself needs sufficient resources to develop and survive. So in fact, food web ecology is about how natural resources form the basis of biologicalcommunities, in terms of species richness and abun...

John Moore studied zoology and ecology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and received an MS in zoology at Michigan State University and an MS in Statistics at Colorado State University. His PhD focused on trophic interactions and food web analyses in natural and agricultural ecosystems. From 1991-2006 he was a faculty m...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:May 31, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Approaches to studying food websSection I: Modelling Simple and Multispecies Communities2. Models of Simple and Complex Systems3. Connectedness Food Webs4. Energy Flux Food Webs5. Functional websSection II: The Dynamics and Stability of Simple and Complex Communities6. Energetic Organization and Food Web Stability7. Enrichment, Trophic Structure, and Dynamic Stability8. Modeling Compartments9. Productivity, Dynamic Stability, and Species RichnessSection III: Dynamic Food Web Architectures10. Species-based versus Biomass-based Food Web Descriptions11. Dynamic Architectures and Stability of Complex Systems along Productivity Gradients12. Food Webs Dynamics Beyond Asymptotic BehaviorReferencesIndex