Food Webs and the Dynamics of Marine Benthic Ecosystems

Hardcover | April 24, 2008

EditorTim McClanahan

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Biologists have made significant advances in our understanding of the Earth's shallow subtidal marine ecosystems, but the findings on these disparate regions have never before been documented and gathered in a single volume. Now, in Food Webs and the Dynamics of Marine Reefs, Tim R.McClanahan and George M. Branch fill this lacuna with a comparative and comprehensive collection of nine essays written by experts on specific aquatic regions. Each essay focuses on the food webs of a respective ecosystem and the factors affecting these communities, from the intense and directpressure of human influence on fisheries to the multi-vector contributors to climate change. The book covers nine shallow water marine ecosystems from selected areas throughout the world: four coral reef systems, three hard bottom systems, and two kelp systems. In summarizing their organization,human influence on them, and recent developments in these ecosystems, the authors contribute to our understanding of their ecological organization and management. Food Webs and the Dynamics of Marine Reefs will be a useful tool for all benthic marine investigators, providing an expert, comparativeview of these aquatic regions.

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Biologists have made significant advances in our understanding of the Earth's shallow subtidal marine ecosystems, but the findings on these disparate regions have never before been documented and gathered in a single volume. Now, in Food Webs and the Dynamics of Marine Reefs, Tim R.McClanahan and George M. Branch fill this lacuna wit...

Tim McClanahan is a Conservation Ecologist and Director of Coral Reef Programs at The Wildlife Conservation Society in Mombasa, Kenya.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:April 24, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195319958

ISBN - 13:9780195319958

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PrefaceChapter 1. Bruce Menge: Marine Food Webs: Conceptual Development of a Central Research ParadigmChapter 2. James A. Estes: Kelp Forest Food Webs In The Aleutian ArchipelagoChapter 3. George M. Branch: Trophic Interactions in Subtidal Rocky Reefs on the West Coast of South AfricaChapter 4. Jose M. Farina, Alvaro. T. Palma and F. Patricio. Ojeda: Subtidal Kelp-Associated Communities off the Temperate Chilean CoastChapter 5. Michael Graham, Ben Halpern, Mark Carr: Diversity and Dynamics of Californian Subtidal Kelp ForestsChapter 6. Rodrigo H. Bustamante, Thomas A. Okey, and Stuart Banks: Biodiversity and Food-Web Structure of a Galapagos Shallow Rocky Reef EcosystemChapter 7. Tim McClanahan: Food Web Structure and Dynamics of East African Coral ReefsChapter 8. Peter W. Glynn: Food Web Structure and Dynamics of Eastern Tropical Pacific Coral Reefs: Panama and Galapagos IslandsChapter 9. Tim McClanahan and George M. Branch: Conclusions - An Ecosystem Perspective Shallow Marine Reefs