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Author Morin, Peter Jay, 1953-

Title Community ecology / Peter J. Morin
Edition 2nd ed
Published Chichester, West Sussex ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (x, 407 p.) : ill., maps
Contents Communities: Basic Patterns and Elementary Processes. Communities -- Competition: Mechanisms, Models, and Niches -- Competition: Experiments, Observations, and Null Models -- Predation and Communities: Empirical Patterns -- Models of Predation in Simple Communities -- Food Webs -- Mutualisms -- Indirect Effects -- Factors Influencing Interactions Among Species. Temporal Patterns: Seasonal Dynamics, Priority Effects, and Assembly Rules -- Factors Infl uencing Interactions Among Species. Habitat Selection -- Spatial Dynamics -- Large - Scale, Integrative Community Phenomena. Causes and Consequences of Diversity -- Succession -- Applied Community Ecology -- Appendix: Stability Analysis
Summary All life on earth occurs in natural assemblages called communities. Community ecology is the study of patterns and processes involving these collections of two or more species. Communities are typically studied using a diversity of techniques, including observations of natural history, statistical descriptions of natural patterns, laboratory and field experiments, and mathematical modelling. Community patterns arise from a complex assortment of processes including competition, predation, mutualism, indirect effects, habitat selection, which result in the most complex biological entities on earth - including iconic systems such as rain forests and coral reefs. This book introduces the reader to a balanced coverage of concepts and theories central to community ecology, using examples drawn from terrestrial, freshwater, and marine systems, and focusing on animal, plant, and microbial species. The historical development of key concepts is described using descriptions of classic studies, while examples of exciting new developments in recent studies are used to point toward future advances in our understanding of community organization. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the crucial interplay between observations, experiments, and mathematical models. This second updated edition is a valuable resource for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and established scientists who seek a broad overview of community ecology. The book has developed from a course in community ecology that has been taught by the author since 1983
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Subject Biotic communities
Form Electronic book
Author Wiley InterScience (Online service)
ISBN 1444341936
Other Titles Community Ecology 2e