Dynamic Food Webs challenges us to rethink what factors may determine ecological and evolutionary pathways of food web development. It touches upon the intriguing idea that trophic interactions drive patterns and dynamics at different levels of biological organization: dynamics in species composition, dynamics in population life-history parameters and abundances, and dynamics in individual growth, size and behavior. These dynamics are shown to be strongly interrelated governing food web structure and stability and the role of populations and communities play in ecosystem functioning. Dyanmic Food Webs not only offers over 100 illustrations, but also contains 8 riveting sections devoted to an understanding of how to manage the effects of environmental change, the protection of biological diversity and the sustainable use of natural resources. Dyanmic Food Webs is a volume in the Theoretical Ecology series.

Key Features

* Relates dynamics on different levels of biological organization: individuals, populations, and communities * Deals with empirical and theoretical approaches * Discusses the role of community food webs in ecosystem functioning * Proposes methods to assess the effects of environmental change on the structure of biological communities and ecosystem functioning * Offers an analyses of the relationship between complexity and stability in food webs


Students and scientists studying biology, ecology and the environment

Table of Contents

Section 1: Dynamic Food Webs Multispecies assemblages, ecosystem development, and environmental change Peter C. de Ruiter, Volkmar Wolters and John C. Moore 1.2 Food web science: Moving on the path from abstraction to prediction Kirk O. Winemiller and Craig A. Layman Section 2: Dynamic Food Web Structures 2.0 Introduction to Section 2: Dynamic Food Web Structures Variation in community architecture as stabilizing mechanisms of food webs John C. Moore 2.1 From food webs to ecological networks: linking non-linear trophic interactions with nutrient competition Ulrich Brose, Eric L. Berlow and Neo D. Martinez 2.2 Food web architecture and its effects on consumer resource oscillations in experimental pond ecosystems Mathew A. Leibold, Spencer R. Hall and Ottar Bjornstad 2.3 Food web structure: from scale invariance to scale dependence, and back again? Carolin Banašek-Richter, Marie-France Cattin and Louis-Félix Bersier 2.4 Role of Space, Time, and Variability in Food Web Dynamics Kevin McCann, Joe Rasmussen, James Umbanhowar and Murray Humphries Section 3: Population Dynamics and Food Webs 3.0 Introduction Section 3: Population Dynamics and Food Webs Population dynamics and food webs: drifting away from the Lotka-Volterra paradigm Giorgos D. Kokkoris 3.1 Modelling evolving food webs Alan J. McKane and Barbara Drossel 3.2 The Influence of individual growth and development on the structure of ecological communities André M. De Roos and Lennart Persson


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About the editors

Peter de Ruiter

Affiliations and Expertise

Copernicus Research Institute for Sustainable Development and Innovation, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Volkmar Wolters

Affiliations and Expertise

Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany

John Moore

Affiliations and Expertise

University of North Colorado, Greeley, U.S.A.


"Community, ecosystem, and food web ecologists will find much interest in this book. The overall quality of the chapters is provides a valuable perspective on relationships among types of food web studies." - Sharon P. Lawler, University of California at Davis, for ECOLOGY