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Time in ecology : a theoretical framework

Author: Eric Post
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2019] ©2019
Series: Monographs in population biology, 61.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ecologists traditionally regard time as part of the background against which ecological interactions play out. This book argues that time should be treated as a resource used by organisms for growth, maintenance, and offspring production. The book uses insights from phenology - the study of the timing of life-cycle events - to present a theoretical framework of time in ecology that casts long-standing observations  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Post
ISBN: 9780691185491 0691185492
OCLC Number: 1066741219
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction. A framework for the role of time in ecology --
1. What is time? --
2. Phenological advance, stasis, and delay --
3. Ecological time --
4. The phenological niche --
5. The phenological community --
6. Use of time in the phenology of horizontal species interactions --
7. Use of time in the phenology pf vertical species interactions --
8. Limitations and extension to tropical systems --
9. The more general rule of time in biology --
Appendix A. Online resources of relevance to phenology --
Appendix B. Sources used in the meta-analysis in chapter 2.
Series Title: Monographs in population biology, 61.
Responsibility: Eric Post.

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Ecologists traditionally regard time as part of the background against which ecological interactions play out. This book argues that time should be treated as a resource used by organisms for growth, maintenance, and offspring production. The book uses insights from phenology - the study of the timing of life-cycle events - to present a theoretical framework of time in ecology that casts long-standing observations in the field in an entirely new light. Combining conceptual models with field data, the book demonstrates how phenological advances, delays, and stasis, documented in an array of taxa, can all be viewed as adaptive components of an organism's strategic use of time. The book shows how the allocation of time by individual organisms to critical life history stages is not only a response to environmental cues but also an important driver of interactions at the population, species, and community levels. To demonstrate the applications of this exciting new conceptual framework, the book uses meta-analyses of previous studies as well as the author's original data on the phenological dynamics of plants, caribou, and muskoxen in Greenland.

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"Post's book makes a significant contribution both as a compendium of some of his long-term data and a presentation of some novel perspectives on phenology."-David William Inouye, coauthor of Read more...

 
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