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Paperback 288 pp.
75 illustrations plus a colour plate section, 189 mm x 246 mm



Publication date:
December 2009

Imprint: OUP UK

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Community Ecology

Processes, Models, and Applications

Edited by Herman A. Verhoef and Dr. Peter J. Morin

Community ecology is the study of the interactions between populations of co-existing species. This book provides a survey of the state-of-the-art in theory and applications of community ecology, with special attention to topology, dynamics, the importance of spatial and temporal scale, as well as applications to emerging problems in human-dominated ecosystems (including the restoration and reconstruction of viable communities). It 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. This book provides ideal graduate seminar course material.

Readership : Suitable for graduate level students as well as professional researchers in the fields of population and community ecology, network biology, and theoretical ecology.

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

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Herman Verhoef obtained his PhD at the Faculty of Biology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. After having been involved in the ecophysiology of soil animals, he has turned his attention to Community Ecology. He is a Professor of Soil Ecology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, focussing on soil-plant interactions and the relations between spatial heterogeneity and biodiversity. Peter Morin obtained his PhD in Zoology from Duke University in Durham, NC, USA. He is a Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, & Natural Resources at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, USA. He is a community ecologist, and is interested in a number of topics, including biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, ecological networks, interactions between competition and predation, and microbial ecology.

Ecological Networks - Edited by Mercedes Pascual and Jennifer A. Dunne
The Biology of Soil - Richard Bardgett
Aquatic Food Webs - Andrea Belgrano, Ursula M. Scharler, Jennifer Dunne and Robert E. Ulanowicz
Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, and Human Wellbeing - Edited by Shahid Naeem, Dr. Daniel E. Bunker, Andy Hector, Michel Loreau and Charles Perrings
Making Sense in Geography and Environmental Sciences - Margot Northey, Dianne Draper and David B. Knight

Special Features

  • Incorporates the latest developments in the field, and complements the existing textbook literature on community ecology.
  • Co-edited by two prominent community ecologists with contributions from the top researchers in the field.
  • Includes a mix of theoretical and applied chapters, as well as a balance of emerging and established research topics, albeit with a specific focus on food web and ecological network theory/models.
  • Indicates future research directions and provides ideal reference material for graduate seminar courses in community ecology.
  • Based on a proven graduate teaching course.