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Community ecology

Author: Peter J Morin
Publisher: Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Science, ©1999.
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Community ecology: the study of the patterns and processes involving two or more species - has developed rapidly in the last two decades, driven by new and more sophisticated research techniques, advances in mathematical theory and modeling, and the increasing pressure on the environment wrought by humans. Once a purely descriptive science, it is now one of the most forward-looking areas of scientific inquiry. Morin  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Morin, Peter Jay, 1953-
Community ecology.
Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Science, ©1999
(DLC) 98038821
(OCoLC)39672159
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter J Morin
ISBN: 0632060948 9780632060948
OCLC Number: 48138534
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 424 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Communities --
Competition: mechanisms, models, and niches --
Competition: experiments, observations, and null models --
Predation and communities: empirical patterns --
Models of predation in simple communities --
Food webs --
Mutualisms --
Indirect effects --
Temporal patterns: seasonal dynamics, priority effects, and assembly rules --
Habitat selection --
Spatial dynamics, recruitment-limited patterns, and island biogeography --
Causes and consequences of diversity --
Succession --
Applied community ecology.
Responsibility: Peter J. Morin.

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Community ecology: the study of the patterns and processes involving two or more species - has developed rapidly in the last two decades, driven by new and more sophisticated research techniques, advances in mathematical theory and modeling, and the increasing pressure on the environment wrought by humans. Once a purely descriptive science, it is now one of the most forward-looking areas of scientific inquiry. Morin skillfully guides the reader through the main tenets and central concepts of community ecology - competition, predation, food webs, indirect effects, habitat selection, diversity, and succession. In an attempt to introduce the reader to the most balanced coverage possible, Morin includes examples drawn from both the aquatic and terrestrial realm and from both plant and animal species. Balancing theory with experimentation and drawing on exciting new studies to complement the historical foundations of the discipline, he also stresses that both the empirical and theoretical approaches are necessary to drive ecology foward into the new millenium. The final chapter on applied community ecology ably demonstrates how community ecological processes have a wide environmental relevance. Although in its infancy, the application of community ecology to emerging problems in human-dominated ecosystems could mitigate problems as diverse as management strategies for important diseases transmitted by animals and the restoration and reconstruction of viable communities.

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