Marine Macroecology

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Pioneered, in the late 1980s, the concept of macroecology revolutionized the field of ecology. Although most of the existing studies m this field have focused on terrestrial organisms, there is increasing interest in quantifying macro-ecological patterns in the sea and understanding the processes that generate them. Taking stock of the current work in the field and advocating a research agenda for the decades ahead, Marine Macroecology draws together insights and approaches from a diverse group of scientists to show how marine ecology can benefit from the adoption of macroecological approaches.

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Editorial Reviews

Marine Ecology
This book is a wonderful tour de force introduction to marine macroecology through environments and across taxa. It is aimed at students and established ecologists, and it should strongly remind us that small-scale experimental ecology is not the only way to do sound ecological science.”


— Martin Zuschin, University of Vienna

Marine Ecology - Martin Zuschin
“This book is a wonderful tour de force introduction to marine macroecology through environments and across taxa. It is aimed at students and established ecologists, and it should strongly remind us that small-scale experimental ecology is not the only way to do sound ecological science.”


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226904115
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon D. Witman is professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University. Kaustuv Roy is professor in the Section of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution at the University of California, San Diego.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Jon D. Witman Kaustuv Roy vii

Part I Macro Eco Logical Patterns In The Sea

1 Overview of Marine Biodiversity James W. Valentine 3

2 Plankton Papulations and Communities William K. W. Li 29

3 Patterns in Deep-Sea Macroecology Craig R. Mcclain Michael A. Rex Ron J. Etter 65

4 Spatial Patterns of Species Diversity in the Shallow Marine Invertebrates: Patterns, Processes, and Prospects Kaustuv Roy Jon D. Witman 101

5 Macroecoiogical Patterns among Marine Fishes Enrique Macpherson Philip A. Hastings D. Ross Robertson 122

6 Marine Algal Communities Bernabe Santelices John J. Bolton Isabel Meneses 153

Part II Processes Underlying Macroecological Patterns

7 Plankton-Not So Paradoxical After All Sean Nee Graham Stone 195

8 Basin-Scale Oceanographic Influences on Marine Macroecoiogical Patterns James J. Leichter Jon D. Witman 205

9 Dispersal and Geographic Ranges in the Sea Steven D. Gaines Sarah E. Lester Ginny Eckert Brian P. Kinlan Rafe Sagarin Brian Gayloro 227

10 Temperature and Marine Macroecology Andrew Clarke 250

11 Macroecological Theory and the Analysis of Species Richness Gradients Sean R. Connolly 279

12 Macroecological Changes in Exploited Marine Systems Derek P. Tittensor Boris Worm Ransom A. Myers 310

Part III Experimental Approaches to Marine Macroecology

13 Experimental Marine Macroecology: Progress and Prospects Jon D. Witman Kaustuv Roy 341

14 Latitudinal Gradients in Species Interactions Eric Sanford Mark D. Bertness 357

15 The Subtidal Ecology of Rocky Coasts: Local-Regional-Biogeographic Patterns and Their Experimental Analysis Sean D. Connell Andrew D. Irving 392

Contributors 419

Index 421

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