Models of the Ecological Hierarchy

From Molecules to the Ecosphere

Edited by

  • Ferenc Jordan, The Microsoft Research – University of Trento, Center for Computational and Systems Biology, Trento, Italy
  • Sven Erik Jørgensen, Emeritus Professor, Copenhagen University, Denmark

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.
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Environmental managers, ecologists and biologists


Book information

  • Published: October 2012
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-59396-2

Table of Contents

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