Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning: Frameworks, methodologies, and integration

Paperback | August 19, 2012

EditorMartin Solan, Rebecca J. Aspden, David M. Paterson

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The biological composition and richness of most of the Earth's major ecosystems are being dramatically and irreversibly transformed by anthropogenic activity. Yet, despite the vast areal extent of our oceans, the mainstay of research to-date in the biodiversity-ecosystem functioning arena hasbeen weighted towards ecological observations and experimentation in terrestrial plant and soil systems. This book provides a framework for examining the mechanistic processes transferable to marine systems. Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning is the first book to address the latest advances in biodiversity-function science using marine examples. It brings together contributions from the leading scientists in the field to provide an in-depth evaluation of the science, before offering aperspective on future research directions for some of the most pressing environmental issues facing society today and in the future.

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The biological composition and richness of most of the Earth's major ecosystems are being dramatically and irreversibly transformed by anthropogenic activity. Yet, despite the vast areal extent of our oceans, the mainstay of research to-date in the biodiversity-ecosystem functioning arena hasbeen weighted towards ecological observation...

Martin Solan is a marine benthic ecologist with broad interests in understanding biodiversity-environment interactions and the ecosystem consequences of altered diversity and environmental change. A key component of his research has been the development of in situ marine technology for the observation of organism-sediment relations, en...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:August 19, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199642265

ISBN - 13:9780199642267

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Table of Contents

1. Stephen Widdicombe and Paul J. Somerfield: Marine biodiversity: its history, present status and future threats2. Anne E. Magurran: Biodiversity in the context of ecosystem function3. David M. Paterson, Emma C. Defew, and Julia Jabour: Ecosystem function and co-evolution of terminology in marine science and management4. Shahid Naeem: Ecological consequences of declining biodiversity: A biodiversity-ecosystem function (BEF) framework for marine systems5. Stephen Q. Dornbos, Matthew E. Clapham, Margaret L. Fraiser, and Marc Laflamme: Lessons from the fossil record: the Ediacaran radiation, the Cambrian radiation, and the end-Permian mass extinction6. Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi and Elena Maggi: The analysis of biodiversity-ecosystem function experiments: partitioning richness and density-dependent effects7. Mark C. Emmerson: The importance of body size, abundance, and food web structure for ecosystem functioning8. Jasmin A. Godbold: Effects of biodiversity-environment conditions on the interpretation of biodiversity-function relations9. Roberto Danovaro: Extending the approaches of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning to the deep ocean10. Martin Solan, Finlay Scott, Nick Dulvy, Jasmin A. Godbold, and Ruth Parker: Incorporating extinction risk and realistic biodiversity futures: Implementation of trait based extinction scenarios11. David Raffaelli and Alan Friedlander: Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: an ecosystem-level approach12. J. Emmett Duffy, John J. Stachowicz, and John F. Bruno: Multitrophic biodiversity and the responses of marine ecosystems to global change13. Tasman P. Crowe, Matthew E. S. Bracken, and Nessa E. O'Connor: Reality check: issues of scale and abstraction in biodiversity research, and potential solutions14. Simon F. Thrush and Andrew M. Lohrer: Why bother going outside: the role of observational studies in understanding biodiversity-ecosystem function relationships15. Alison R. Holt, Caroline Hattam, Stephen Mangi, Anton Edwards, and Scot Mathieson: Implementing an ecosystem approach: predicting and safeguarding marine biodiversity futuresIndex