Ecosystem Engineers

Plants to Protists

Edited by

  • Kim Cuddington, Ohio University, Department of Biological Sciences, Athens, U.S.A.
  • James Byers, University of New Hampshire, Department of Zoology, Durham, U.S.A.
  • William Wilson, Duke University, Department of Biology, Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A.
  • Alan Hastings, University of California Davis, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, U.S.A.

The first book entirely devoted to this topic, Ecosystem Engineers begins with the history of the concept, presenting opposing definitions of ecosystem engineeing. These varied definitions advance the debate and move past trivial difficulties to crystallize key issues such as the value of process-based vs. outcome-based. Authors include case studies spanning a wide spectrum of species and habitats, including above and below-ground, aquatic and terrestrial, and extant and paleontological examples. These studies enable readers to understand how the categorization of species as ecosystem engineers allows scientists to forge new explanatory generalizations. Key for all ecologists and environmentalists, this book ultimately illustrates how to inform and manage natural resources.
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Ecologists, natural resource manager, biomathematicians, and historians of science


Book information

  • Published: July 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-373857-8

Table of Contents

Section 1 History and Concepts 1. On the purpose, meaning and usage of the physical ecosystem engineering concept- Clive G. Jones and Jorge L. Gutiérrez2. An historical perspective on ecosystem engineering- Natalie Buchman, Kim Cuddington and John Lambrinos3. A new spirit and concept for ecosystem engineering?- William G. Wilson4. Synthesis. Ecosystem engineering: Utility, contention and progress- Kim CuddingtonSection 2 Examples and Applications5. Earthworms as key actors in self-organized soil systems- Patrick Lavelle6. Microhabitat manipulation: Ecosystem engineering by shelter-building insects- John T. Lill and Robert J. Marquis7. Carpobrotus as a case study of the complexities of species impacts- Nicole Molinari, Carla D’Antonio and George Thomson8. Ecosystem engineering in the fossil record: early examples from the Cambrian period- Katherine N. Marenco and David J. Bottjer 9. Habitat conversion associated with bioeroding marine isopods- Theresa Sinicrope Talley and Jeffrey A. Crooks10. Synthesis. Lessons from disparate ecosystem engineers- James E. ByersSection 3 Theory and Models 11. Community responses to environmental change: Results of Lotka-Volterra community theory- Willliam G. Wilson and Justin P. Wright12. Model studies of ecosystem engineering in plant communities- Ehud Meron, Erez Gilad, Jost von Hardenberg, Antonello Provenzale and Moshe Shachak13. Balancing the engineer-environment equation: the current legacy- Kim Cuddington and Alan Hastings14. Synthesis of Ecosystem Engineering Theory- William G. WilsonSection 4 Socio-economic issues and management solutions 15. Jonathan H. Grabowski and Charles H. Peterson. Restoring oyster reefs to recover ecosystem services- John G. Lambrinos16. Managing invasive ecosystem engineers: the case of Spartina in Pacific estuaries17. Livestock and engineering network in the Israeli Negev: implications for ecosystem management- Yarden Oren, Avi Perevolotsky, Sol Brand and Moshe Shachak18. Ecosystem engineers and the complex dynamics of non-native species management on California’s Channel islands- Rob Klinger19. The diverse faces of ecosystem engineers in agroecosystems- John Vandermeer and Ivette Perfecto20. Management and ecosystem engineers: current knowledge and future challenges- Alan Hastings