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Models of the Ecological Hierarchy

From Molecules to the Ecosphere

In the application of statistics to ecological inference problems, hierarchical models combine explicit models of ecological system structure or dynamics with models of how ecological systems are observed. The principles of hierarchical modeling are applied in this book to a wide range of problems ranging from the molecular level, through populations, ecosystems, landscapes, networks,  through to the global ecosphere.


Environmental managers, ecologists and biologists

Hardbound, 594 Pages

Published: October 2012

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-59396-2


  • 1. Introduction by Sven Erik Jørgensen and Ferenc Jordán
    2. Models of the infraindividual level
    Quantum chemical modeling in the molecular ecology, Sergey Ovchinnikov, Felix Tomilin
    Cooperative molecules in the origin of life, Vera Vasas, Chrisantha Fernando, Mauro Santos, Stuart Kauffman, Eörs Szathmáry
    Dealing with spatial autocorrelation in gene flow modeling, Daniela Stojanova, Marko Debeljak, Michelangelo Ceci, Annalisa Appice, Donato Malerba, Sašo Džeroski
    A virtual model for analyzing toxicity in cell-based assays, José-Manuel Zaldívar Comenges, Milena Mennecozzi, Robim Rodrigues, Mounir Bouhifd
    "Keystone species” of the molecular network of cellular functions, Federico Vaggi, Attila Csikasz-Nagy
    3. Models of populations
    Evolutionary transition to complex population dynamic patterns in a population with age structure, E. Ya. Frisman
    The maximum sustainable yield management of an age-structured salmon population, Anders Skonhoft
    The influence of hydrodynamic processes on zooplankton transport and distributions in the North western Mediterranean sea estimated from a lagrangian model. Application to Pelagia noctiluca, François Carlotti,  Zhongfeng Qiu,  Andrea Doglioli, P. Marsaleix
    Use of tracking system data for individual-based modeling of sweet fish (Plecoglossus altivelis) behavior, Masatoshi Denda, Wataru Koketsu, Junji Miwa
    A mechanistic individual-based model of Oïkopleura dioïca, Maxime Vaugeois, François Carlotti, Frédéric Diaz
    4. Models of interacting species, communities
    Modeling of processes of interspecific competition in the stand, Alexey Kolobov, Efim Frisman
    Dynamic modes in a discrete two-sex age-structured three-component population model, Oksana Revutskaya, Galina Neverova, Efim Frisman
    Application of information theory models in the early detection of plant community degradation and prediction of vegetation changes, Klára Virágh, Sándor Bartha, András Horváth, Imelda Somodi
    Body size determines community structure and dynamics, F. De Castro
    5. Models of ecological networks, food chains and food webs
    Modelling the Venice lagoon food web: a backcasting experiment, Daniele Brigolin, Matteo Zucchetta, Anita Franco, Marco Sigovini, Chiara Facca, Cecilia Soldatini, Davide Tagliapietra, Adriano Sfriso, Fabio Pranovi, Piero Franzoi, Patrizia Torricelli, Roberto Pastres.
    Trophic Network Analysis: Assessing the System-Wide Properties of Pastoral Ecosystems, Oksana Y. Buzhdygan, Bernard C. Patten, Svetlana S. Rudenko
    Modeling interaction structure for food web with parasites, Hsuan-Wien Chen, Wei-Chung Liu, Kwang-Tsao Shao, David Thieltges, Robert Poulin
    Dynamic Residence Time Analysis for Ecological Networks, Qianqian Ma, Caner Kazanci
    Food web structure and trophic interactions of a tropical highland lake, Ethiopia, Tadesse Fetahi, Michael Schagerl, Seyoum Mengistou, Simone Libralato
    6. Models of element cycling in ecosystems
    Modeling plant effects on salt marsh mercury cycling, Pedro M. Anastácio, Bruna Marques, Ana I. Lillebø
    Developing a model for the mercury cycle in the Marano-Grado Lagoon, Donata Melaku Canu, Cosimo Solidoro, Isabella Scroccaro, Alessandro Acquavita, Giorgio Mattassi
    Differentiating between the impact of global climate drivers and local anthropogenic pressures on the ecology of a mid-size South-Alpine lake, Elisa Carraro, Nicolas Guyennon, Gaetano Viviano, Andrea Lami, Lucia Valsecchi, Franco Salerno, Gianni Tartari, Diego Copetti
    Modeling biogeochemical carbon dioxide and nutrient cycles in the North Sea with a 1D ERSEM Model, Khalid Elkalay, Helmuth Thomas, Yann Bozec, Alberto Vieira Borges, Laure-Sophie Schiettecatte, Ruth Heerdink, Piet Ruardij, Hein de Baar
    Comparative study of the cycling of mangrove litter nitrogen to the adjacent estuary through modeling in pristine and reclaimed islands of Sundarban mangrove ecosystem, India, Santanu Ray, Sudipto Mandal
    7. Models of ecosystems
    ACQUANET and QUAL2K in water water quality control of the Nadela system in Serbia, Bosko Blagojevic,  Bojan Srdjevic, Zorica Srdjevic, Atila Bezdan
    Cities as Ecosystems: functional simlarity of simple analogy? Antonio Bodini, Cristina Bondavalli, Stefano Allesina
    Three dimensional modeling of pollutant dispersion in Lake Garda (Northern Italy), Tomas Lovato, Giovanni Pecenik
    DLES: a framewok for integrated modelling of forest ecosystems, Alexey Mikhailov, Maria Bezrukov, Vladimir Shanin, Yulia Khoraskina, Natalia Mikhailova
    Modelling of carbon cycling from mangrove litter to the adjacent Hooghly – Matla estuarine system, India, Joyita Mukherjee, Santanu Ray
    8. Models of landscapes
    Modeling the effects of landscape changes caused by high altitude ski-pistes on bird species richness and distribution in the Alps, Enrico Caprio, Dan Chamberlain, Marco Isaia, Antonio Rolando
    Forest coverage changes in Protected Areas: A Fine-Scale Markov Chain approach, Marco Ciolli, Clara Tattoni, Fabrizio Ferretti
    Development of program tool for determination of potential of landscape visual exposure, Imrich Jakab, Peter Petluš
    Open Source spatial algorithms applied to landscape genetics, Duccio Rocchini, Niko Balkhenol, Luca Delucchi, Anne Ghisla, Ferenc Jordán, Harini Nagendra, Cristiano Vernesi, Martin Wegmann, Markus Neteler
    Biodiversity conservation in dynamic landscapes: compensation of  habitat patch destruction by habitat recreation, Karin Johst, Florian Hartig, Martin Drechsler
    Combining habitat suitability models and fluvial functionality data for a multilayer assessment of riverine vulnerability, Maria Teresa Carone, Tiziana Simoniello, Anna Loy, Maria Laura Carranza
    9. Global models - models of the ecosphere
    The worst scenario principle and the assessment of the impact of quality of life for biosphere dynamics, Sergey Bartsev, Anton Shemel, Yulia Ivanova
    Carbon cycle modeling and principle of the worst scenario, Sergey Bartsev, Andrey Digermendzhi, Pavel Belolipetsky
    Modeling and Evaluating the Energy Flow in the Global Ecosystems and its impacts on Human Ecological Footprint, Safwat H. Shakir Hanna



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