Food Webs: From Connectivity to Energetics

Food Webs: From Connectivity to Energetics

1st Edition - April 11, 2005

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  • Editor: Luo Yiqi
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080490298

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The most recent volume of this series, Advances in Ecological Research, demonstrates a captivating knowledge of recent advances in the analysis of food webs. A food web describes the network of predator-prey interactions within a community. The simplest description of a food web specifies only who eats whom (a connectance web), with no indication of how much or how often. Chapters in this book begin with a discussion of the most detailed connectance webs ever compiled, and advance to incorporate information on the body size and numerical abundance of the species. The results yield new ways of describing food webs and powerful new models for estimating patterns of energy flow in ecosystems.

Key Features

  • Provides fresh ways of describing food webs and applies previous observations in a new context
  • Ranked as the #1 publication in the Institute for Scientific Information in the Ecology section of 2000
  • Powerful new theory AND application to some of the best food web data in the world
  • Many mathematical models for food web structure and function
  • Integrates previously unconnected perspectives on the description of ecological communities


Scientists and academicians studying ecology, evolution, plant biology, physiology, the environment, population biology, and entomology.

Table of Contents

  • Food webs, body size and species abundance in ecological community description
    Quantification and resolution of a complex, size-structured food web
    Estimating relative energy fluxes using the food web, species abundance, and body size

Product details

  • No. of pages: 208
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2005
  • Published: April 11, 2005
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080490298

About the Serial Volume Editor

Luo Yiqi

Affiliations and Expertise

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Massachusetts, U.S.A. University of Oklahoma, Norman, U.S.A.

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