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Community Ecology

Processes, Models, and Applications

Edited by Herman A. Verhoef and Peter J. Morin

Publication Date - February 2010

ISBN: 9780199228980

264 pages


Community ecology is the study of the interactions between populations of co-existing species. Co-edited by two prominent community ecologists and featuring contributions from top researchers in the field, this book provides a survey of the state-of-the-art in both the theory and applications of the discipline. It pays special attention to topology, dynamics, and the importance of spatial and temporal scale while also looking at applications to emerging problems in human-dominated ecosystems (including the restoration and reconstruction of viable communities).

Community Ecology: Processes, Models, and Applications adopts a mainly theoretical approach and focuses on the use of network-based theory, which remains little explored in standard community ecology textbooks. The book includes discussion of the effects of biotic invasions on natural communities; the linking of ecological network structure to empirically measured community properties and dynamics; the effects of evolution on community patterns and processes; and the integration of fundamental interactions into ecological networks. A final chapter indicates future research directions for the discipline.

* Incorporates the latest developments in the field and complements the existing textbook literature on community ecology
* Includes a mix of theoretical and applied chapters and a balance of emerging and established research topics
* Covers future research directions and provides ideal reference material for graduate courses in community ecology


"If you are looking for an up-to-date textbook for teaching or studying community ecology, this is it. The authors have done an excellent job of balancing seminal articles with the most recent updates in the field, which renders continuity to the volume." -- Conservation Biology

"Overall this book contributes to a better understanding of the mechanisms shaping ecological communities. It also helps modelers to think about the mechanisms to test with the current explosion of high resolution data and models." --Carlos J. Melian, in Trends in Ecology and Evolution

Table of Contents

    Part I. Shape and Structure
    1. The Topology of Ecological Interaction Networks: The State of the Art, Owen L. Petchey, Peter J. Morin, and Han Olff
    Part II. Dynamics
    2. Trophic Dynamics of Communities, Herman A. Verhoef and Han Olff
    3. Modeling the Dynamics of Complex Food Webs, Ulrich Brose and Jennifer A. Dunne
    4. Community Assembly Dynamics in Space, Tadashi Fukami
    Part III. Space and Time
    5. Increasing Spatio-Temporal Scales: Metacommunity Ecology, Jonathan M. Chase and Janne Bengtsson
    6. Spatio-Temporal Structure in Soil Communities and Ecosystem Processes, Matty P. Berg
    Part IV. Applications
    7. Applications of Community Ecology Approaches in Terrestrial Ecosystems: Local Problems, Remote Causes, Wim H. van der Putten
    8. Sea Changes: Structure and Functioning of Emerging Marine Communities, J. Emmett Duffy
    9. Applied (Meta)community Ecology: Diversity and Ecosystem Services at the Intersection of Local and Regional Processes, Janne Bengtsson
    10. Community Ecology and Management of Salt Marshes, Jan P. Bakker, Dries P.J. Kuijper, and Julia Stahl
    Part V. Future Directions
    11. Evolutionary Processes in Community Ecology, Jacintha Ellers
    12. Emergence of Complex Food Web Structure in Community Evolution Models, Nicolas Loeuille and Michel Loreau
    13. Mutualisms and Community Organization, David Kothamasi, E. Toby Kiers, and Marcel G.A. van der Heijden
    14. Emerging Frontiers of Community Ecology, Peter J. Morin

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