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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 their environment, 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 the issues 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.

About the Author

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 assistant director of the Pacific Ecoinformatics and Computational Ecology Lab, a visiting researcher at the Santa Fe Institute, and a principal investigator at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. Robert E. Ulanowicz is Professor of Theoretical Ecology with the University of Maryland's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. His current interests include network analysis of trophic exchanges in ecosystems, information theory as applied to ecological systems, the thermodynamics of living systems, causality in living systems, and modelling subtropical wetland ecosystems in Florida and Belize.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Michael Loreau

Introduction

1. Structure and Function

1. Biosimplicity via stoichiometry: the evolution of food-web structure and processes, James J. Elser and Dag O. Hessen

2. Spatial structure and dynamics in a marine food web, Carlos J. Melián, Jordi Bascompte, and Pedro Jordano

3. Role of network analysis in comparative ecosystem ecology of estuaries, Robert R. Christian, Daniel Baird, Joseph Luczkovich, Jeffrey C. Johnson, Ursula Scharler, and Robert E. Ulanowicz

4. Food webs in lakes - seasonal dynamics and impact of climate variability, Dietmar Straile

5. Pattern and process in food webs: evidence from running waters, Guy Woodward, Ross Thompson, Colin R Townsend, and Alan G Hildrew

2. Examining food web theories

6. Some random thoughts on the statistical analysis of food web data, Andrew R. Solow

7. Analysis of size and complexity of randomly constructed food webs by information theoretic metrics, James T. Morris, Robert R. Christian, and Robert E. Ulanowicz

8. Size-based analyses of aquatic food webs, Simon Jennings

9. Complexity in aquatic food webs: an ecosystem approach, Jason S. Link, William T. Stockhausen, and Elizabeth T. Methratta

3. Stability and diversity in food webs

10. Modelling food-web dynamics: complexity-stability implications, Jennifer A. Dunne, Ulrich Brose, Richard J. Williams and Neo D. Martinez

11. Is biodiversity maintained by food-web complexity? - The adaptive food-web hypothesis, Michio Kondoh

12. Climate forcing, food web structure, and community dynamics in pelagic marine ecosystems, L. Ciannelli, D.Ø. Hjermann, P. Lehodey, G. Ottersen, J.T. Duffy-Anderson, N.C. Stenseth

13. Food web theory provides guidelines for marine conservation, Enric Sala and George Sugihara

14. Biodiversity and aquatic food webs, Helmut Hillebrand and Jonathan B. Shurin

4. Concluding remarks

15. Ecological network analysis: an escape from the machine, Robert E. Ulanowicz

Afterword, Mathew Leibold

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780198564836
Editor:
Belgrano, Andrea
Editor:
Scharler, Ursula M.
Editor:
Dunne, Jennifer
Editor:
Belgrano, Andrea
Editor:
Scharler, Ursula M.
Author:
null, Andrea
Author:
Belgrano, Andrea
Author:
null, Ursula M.
Author:
Scharler, Ursula M.
Author:
null, Robert E.
Author:
Ulanowicz, Robert E.
Author:
null, Jennifer
Author:
Dunne, Jennifer
Editor:
Dunne, Jennifer
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Food chains (Ecology)
Subject:
Aquatic ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Oxford Biology
Publication Date:
20050631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 color plates, 65 halftones
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.80x7.42x.60 in. 1.41 lbs.

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