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"A bold and successful attempt to illustrate the theoretical foundations of all of the subdisciplines of ecology, including basic and applied, and extending through biophysical, population, community, and ecosystem ecology.
Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology is a compendium of clear and concise essays by the intellectual leaders across this vast breadth of knowledge."--Harold Mooney, Stanford University
"A remarkable and indispensable reference work that also is flexible enough to provide essential readings for a wide variety of courses. A masterful collection of authoritative papers that convey the rich and fundamental nature of modern theoretical ecology."--Simon A. Levin, Princeton University
"Theoretical ecologists exercise their imaginations to make sense of the astounding complexity of both real and possible ecosystems. Imagining a real or possible topic left out of the Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology has proven just as challenging. This comprehensive compendium demonstrates that theoretical ecology has become a mature science, and the volume will serve as the foundation for future creativity in this area."--Fred Adler, University of Utah
"The editors have assembled an outstanding group of contributors who are a great match for their topics. Sometimes the author is a key, authoritative figure in a field; and at other times, the author has enough distance to convey all sides of a subject. The next time you need to introduce ecology students to a theoretical topic, you'll be glad to have this encyclopedia on your bookshelf."--Stephen Ellner, Cornell University
and#147;Everything you wanted to know about theoretical ecology, and much that you didnand#8217;t know you needed to know but will now! Alan Hastings and Louis Gross have done us a great service by bringing together in very accessible form a huge amount of information about a broad, complicated, and expanding field.and#8221;--Daniel Simberloff, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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and#8220;An excellent resource for anybody with a wider range of interests in ecology. . . . Its production quality . . . ensure[s] a lasting usefulness.and#8221;
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and#8220;A comprehensive, informative, well-written work that should prove highly useful to academic, special, and public libraries. . . . Highly recommended.and#8221;
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and#8220;A readily accessible, wide-ranging source of information.and#8221;
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“A readily accessible, wide-ranging source of information.” B. C. Thomsett-Scott, University of North Texas - Choice
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"Remarkable and authoritative . . . includes essential readings with clear presentations."
Synopsis
This major reference is an overview of the current state of theoretical ecology through a series of topical entries centered on both ecological and statistical themes. Coverage ranges across scalesand#151;from the physiological, to populations, landscapes, and ecosystems. Entries provide an introduction to broad fields such as Applied Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, Computational Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, Epidemiology and Epidemic Modeling, Population Ecology, Spatial Ecology and Statistics in Ecology. Others provide greater specificity and depth, including discussions on the Allee effect, ordinary differential equations, and ecosystem services. Descriptions of modern statistical and modeling approaches and how they contributed to advances in theoretical ecology are also included. Succinct, uncompromising, and authoritativeand#151;a and#147;must haveand#8221; for those interested in the use of theory in the ecological sciences.
About the Author
Alan Hastings is a Distinguished Professor at the University of California Davis in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the Theoretical Ecology Series (Academic Press) and the Journal of Mathematical Biology. Louis Gross is a Professor of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Mathematics, and Director of the Institute of Environmental Modeling at the University of Tennessee.
Table of Contents
Adaptive Dynamics
Adaptive Landscapes
Adaptive Vigilance Behavior
Age Structure
Allee Effects
Allometry and Growth
Animal Dispersal see Dispersal, Animal
Apparent Competition
Applied Ecology
Assembly Processes
Bayesian Statistics
Behavioral Ecology
Belowground Processes
Bevertonand#150;Holt Model
Bifurcations
Biogeochemistry and Nutrient Cycles
Birthand#150;Death Models
Bottom-Up Control
Branching Processes
Cannibalism
Cellular Automata
Chaos
Coevolution
Compartment Models
Competition, Apparent see Apparent Competition
Computational Ecology
Conservation Biology
Continental Scale Patterns
Cooperation, Evolution of
Delay Differential Equations
Demographic Stochasticity see Stochasticity, Demographic
Demography
Difference Equations
Differential Equations, Delay see Delay Differential Equations
Differential Equations, Ordinary see Ordinary Differential Equations
Differential Equations, Partial see Partial Differential Equations
Discounting in Bioeconomics
Disease Dynamics
Dispersal, Animal
Dispersal, Evolution of
Dispersal, Plant
Diversity Measures
Dynamic Programming
Ecological Economics
Ecological Networks see Networks, Ecological
Ecological Stoichiometry see Stoichiometry, Ecological
Economics, Ecological see Ecological Economics
Ecosystem-Based Management see Marine Reserves and Ecosystem-Based Management
Ecosystem Ecology
Ecosystem Engineers
Ecosystem Services
Ecosystem Valuation
Ecotoxicology
Energy Budgets
Environmental Heterogeneity and Plants
Environmental Stochasticity see Stochasticity, Environmental
Epidemiology and Epidemic Modeling
Evolutionarily Stable Strategies
Evolutionary Computation
Facilitation
Fisheries Ecology
Food Chains and Food Web Modules
Food Webs
Foraging Behavior
Forest Simulators
Frequentist Statistics
Functional Traits of Species and Individuals
Game Theory
Gap Analysis and Presence/Absence Models
Gas and Energy Fluxes across Landscapes
Genetic Drift see Mutation, Selection, and Genetic Drift
Geographic Information Systems
Harvesting Theory
Heterogeneity, Environmental see Environmental Heterogeneity and Plants
Hydrodynamics
Individual-Based Ecology
Information Criteria in Ecology
Integrated Whole Organism Physiology
Integrodifference Equations
Invasion Biology
Landscape Ecology
Marine Reserves and Ecosystem-Based Management
Markov Chains
Mating Behavior
Matrix Models
Meta-Analysis
Metabolic Theory of Ecology
Metacommunities
Metapopulations
Microbial Communities
Model Fitting
Movement: From Individuals to Populations
Mutation, Selection, and Genetic Drift
Networks, Ecological
Neutral Community Theory
Niche Construction
Niche Overlap
Nicholson Bailey Host Parasitoid Model
Nondimensionalization
NPZ Models
Nutrient Cycles see Biogeochemistry and Nutrient Cycles
Ocean Circulation, Dynamics of
Optimal Control Theory
Ordinary Differential Equations
Pair Approximations
Partial Differential Equations
Phase Plane Analysis
Phenotypic Plasticity
Phylogenetic Reconstruction
Phylogeography
Plant Competition and Canopy Interactions
Plant Dispersal see Dispersal, Plant
Population Ecology
Population Viability Analysis
Predatorand#150;Prey Models
Presence/Absence Models see Gap Analysis and Presence/Absence Models
Programming, Dynamic see Dynamic Programming
Quantitative Genetics
Reactionand#150;Diffusion Models
Regime Shifts
Reserve Selection and Conservation Prioritization
Resilience and Stability
Restoration Ecology
Ricker Model
Selection see Mutation, Selection, and Genetic Drift
Sex, Evolution of
Single-Species Metapopulations see Metapopulations
Single-Species Population Models
SIR Models
Spatial Ecology
Spatial Models, Stochastic
Spatial Spread
Species Ranges
Stability Analysis
Stage Structure
Statistics in Ecology
Stochasticity
Stochasticity, Demographic
Stochasticity, Environmental
Stoichiometry, Ecological
Storage Effect
Stress and Species Interactions
Succession
Synchrony, Spatial
Top-Down Control
Toxicology, Environmental see Ecotoxicology
Transport in Individuals
Two-Species Competition
Urban Ecology