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Theoretical Studies of Ecosystems: The Network Perspective

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When this book was first published in 1991, developments in the study of theoretical ecology had led to the appearance of more complex concepts in ecosystem theory. As a result, ecosystems may be viewed as networks of coexisting living organisms and their non-living milieu which result in the transfer and transformation of material, energy and information. This book presents a comprehensive overview of these ideas, bringing together in a single volume a diverse range of viewpoints and approaches. Similarities and difference between these viewpoints are clarified, controversial issues addressed and problems for investigation identified. Because of its diverse and comprehensive nature, a wide range of ecological and environmental scientists, including theoretical as well as field ecologists, modellers, managers and policy makers, will find this book an invaluable asset in dealing more effectively with truly complex and realistic ecosystems networks. The book is also intended for use by graduate students in their advanced study.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521105835
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/11/2009
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Enrichment of ecosystem theory M. Higashi and T. P Burns; Part I. Perspectives on the network approach to ecosystems: 1. Networks in ecology R. Margalef; 2. Formal agency in ecosystem development R. E. Ulanowicz; 3. Network thermodynamics: a unifying approach to dynamic nonlinear living systems D. C. Mikulecky; 4. Improving predicability in networks: system specification through hierarchy theory T. F. H. Allen and R. V. O'Neill; Part II. Network approaches to problems in ecosystems ecology: 5. Network trophic dynamics: an emerging paradigm in ecosystems ecology M. Higashi, B. C. Patten and T. P. Burns; 6. Positive feedback and ecosystem organisation D. L. De Angelis and W. M. Post; 7. Structure, stability and succession of model competition systems K. Kawasaki, H. Nakajima, N. Shigesada and E. Teramoto; 8. Hierarchal evolution in ecological networks: environs and selection T. P. Burns, B. C. Patten and M. Higashi; 9. Control theory in the study of ecosystems: a summary view B. Hannon and J. Bentsman; 10. Do economics-like principles predict ecosystem behaviour under changing resource constraints? R. Herendeen; Concluding remarks: Network ecology: indirect determination of the life-environment relationship in ecosystems B. C. Patten; Indexes.

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