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Mittelbach, Gary George
Community ecology / Gary G. Mittelbach
Sunderland, Mass. : Sinauer Associates, c2012
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  QH541 .M526 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Biotic communities
Ecology
Physical Description xv, 400 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Contents 1. Community Ecology's Roots -- PART I.THE BIG PICTURE: Patterns, Causes, and Consequences of Biodiversity -- 2. Patterns of Biological Diversity -- 3. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning -- PART II. THE NITTY-GRITTY: Species Interactions in Simple Modules -- 4. Population Growth and Density Dependence -- 5. The Fundamentals of Predator-Prey Interactions -- 6. Selective Predators and Responsive Prey -- 7. Interspecific Competition: Simple Theory -- 8. Competition in Nature: Empirical Patterns and Tests of Theory -- 9. Beneficial Interactions in Communities: Mutualism and Facilitation -- PART III. PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER: Food Webs and Ecological Networks -- 10. Species Interactions in Ecological Networks -- 11. Food Chains and Food Webs: Controlling Factors and Cascading Effects -- PART IV. SPATIAL ECOLOGY: Metapopulations and Metacommunities -- 12. Patchy Environments, Metapopulations, and Fugitive Species -- 13. Metacommunities and the Neutral Theory -- PART V. SPECIES IN CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS:Ecology and Evolution -- 14. Species Coexistence in Variable Environments -- 15. Evolutionary Community Ecology -- 16. Some Concluding Remarks and a Look Ahead
Summary "Community Ecology is a book for graduate students, researchers, and advanced undergraduates seeking a broad, up-to-date coverage of ecological concepts at the community level. Community ecology has undergone a transformation in recent years, from a discipline largely focused on processes occurring within a local area to a discipline encompassing a much richer domain of study, including the linkages between communities separated in space (metacommunity dynamics), niche and neutral theory, the interplay between ecology and evolution (eco-evolutionary dynamics), and the influence of historical and regional processes in shaping patterns of biodiversity. To fully understand these new developments, however, students need a strong foundation in the study of species interactions and how these interactions are assembled into food webs and other ecological networks."--pub. desc
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