The Resource Resolving ecosystem complexity, Oswald J. Schmitz, (electronic resource)

Resolving ecosystem complexity, Oswald J. Schmitz, (electronic resource)

Label
Resolving ecosystem complexity
Title
Resolving ecosystem complexity
Statement of responsibility
Oswald J. Schmitz
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Language
eng
Summary
An ecosystem's complexity develops from the vast numbers of species interacting in ecological communities. The nature of these interactions, in turn, depends on environmental context. How do these components together influence an ecosystem's behavior as a whole? Can ecologists resolve an ecosystem's complexity in order to predict its response to disturbances? Resolving Ecosystem Complexity develops a framework for anticipating the ways environmental context determines the functioning of ecosystems. Oswald Schmitz addresses the critical questions of contemporary ecology: How should an ecosystem be conceptualized to blend its biotic and biophysical components? How should evolutionary ecological principles be used to derive an operational understanding of complex, adaptive ecosystems? How should the relationship between the functional biotic diversity of ecosystems and their properties be understood? Schmitz begins with the universal concept that ecosystems are comprised of species that consume resources and which are then resources for other consumers. From this, he deduces a fundamental rule or evolutionary ecological mechanism for explaining context dependency: individuals within a species trade off foraging gains against the risk of being consumed by predators. Through empirical examples, Schmitz illustrates how species use evolutionary ecological strategies to negotiate a predator-eat-predator world, and he suggests that the implications of species trade-offs are critical to making ecology a predictive science. Bridging the traditional divides between individuals, populations, and communities in ecology, Resolving Ecosystem Complexity builds a systematic foundation for thinking about natural systems
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Schmitz, Oswald J
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH541
LC item number
.S326 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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JSTOR
Series statement
Monographs in population biology
Series volume
44
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  • Biotic communities
  • Ecosystem management
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Science
  • Natural history
  • SCIENCE
  • NATURE
  • NATURE
  • SCIENCE
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Biotic communities
  • Ecosystem management
Label
Resolving ecosystem complexity, Oswald J. Schmitz, (electronic resource)
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-166) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Conceptualizing ecosystem structure -- Trophic dynamics: why is the world green? -- The green world and the brown chain -- The evolutionary ecology of trophic control in ecosystems -- The whole and the parts -- The ecological theater and the evolutionary ecological play
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 173 pages)
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9781400834174
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Lccn
2009050861
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
Other physical details
illustrations.
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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22573/cttvw94
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  • (OCoLC)650309234
  • (OCoLC)ocn650309234
Label
Resolving ecosystem complexity, Oswald J. Schmitz, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-166) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Conceptualizing ecosystem structure -- Trophic dynamics: why is the world green? -- The green world and the brown chain -- The evolutionary ecology of trophic control in ecosystems -- The whole and the parts -- The ecological theater and the evolutionary ecological play
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 173 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400834174
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Lccn
2009050861
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
22573/cttvw94
System control number
  • (OCoLC)650309234
  • (OCoLC)ocn650309234

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