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Metacommunity ecology

Author: Mathew A Leibold; Jonathan M Chase
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2018. ©2018
Series: Monographs in population biology, 59.
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"Metacommunity ecology links smaller-scale processes that have been the provenance of population and community ecology--such as birth-death processes, species interactions, selection, and stochasticity--with larger-scale issues such as dispersal and habitat heterogeneity. Until now, the field has focused on evaluating the relative importance of distinct processes, with niche-based environmental sorting on one side  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Leibold, Mathew A.
Metacommunity ecology.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017957237
(OCoLC)1005087923
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mathew A Leibold; Jonathan M Chase
ISBN: 9781400889068 1400889065
OCLC Number: 1012850868
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 491 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction: the rise, fall, and rise again of metacommunity ecology --
The theories of metacommunities --
Processes in metacommunities --
Metacommunity patterns in space --
Interactions between time and space in metacommunities --
What can functional traits and phylogenies tell us about coexistence in metacommunities? --
Combining taxonomic and functional-trait patterns to disentangle metacommunity assembly processes --
Eco-evolutionary dynamics in metacommunities --
Macroevolution in metacommunities --
The macroecology of metacommunities --
Food webs in metacommunities --
Community assembly and the functioning of ecosystems in metacommunities --
From metacommunities to metaecosystems --
A coming transition in metacommunity ecology.
Series Title: Monographs in population biology, 59.
Responsibility: Mathew A. Leibold and Jonathan M. Chase.

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"Metacommunity ecology links smaller-scale processes that have been the provenance of population and community ecology--such as birth-death processes, species interactions, selection, and stochasticity--with larger-scale issues such as dispersal and habitat heterogeneity. Until now, the field has focused on evaluating the relative importance of distinct processes, with niche-based environmental sorting on one side and neutral-based ecological drift and dispersal limitation on the other. This book moves beyond these artificial categorizations, showing how environmental sorting, dispersal, ecological drift, and other processes influence metacommunity structure simultaneously. Mathew Leibold and Jonathan Chase argue that the relative importance of these processes depends on the characteristics of the organisms, the strengths and types of their interactions, the degree of habitat heterogeneity, the rates of dispersal, and the scale at which the system is observed. Using this synthetic perspective, they explore metacommunity patterns in time and space, including patterns of coexistence, distribution, and diversity. Leibold and Chase demonstrate how these processes and patterns are altered by micro- and macroevolution, traits and phylogenetic relationships, and food web interactions. They then use this scale-explicit perspective to illustrate how metacommunity processes are essential for understanding macroecological and biogeographical patterns as well as ecosystem-level processes. Moving seamlessly across scales and subdisciplines, Metacommunity Ecology is an invaluable reference, one that offers a more integrated approach to ecological patterns and processes."--Provided by publisher.

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"Interesting and informative. Leibold and Chase have assembled in one volume recent key studies that show how metacommunity ecology is indeed wide-ranging in its scope."-Tadashi Fukami, Stanford Read more...

 
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