Models of the Ecological Hierarchy, Volume 25

1st Edition

From Molecules to the Ecosphere

Series Volume Editors: Ferenc Jordan Sven Erik Jørgensen
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444593962
eBook ISBN: 9780444594051
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st October 2012
Page Count: 594
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Table of Contents

Series Title




1 Hierarchy Theory

2 Interactions between the Hierarchical Levels

3 Models with Two or More Hierarchical Levels

4 The Frequency of Disturbances Follow the Hierarchical Organization

5 An Overview of the Models Presented in this Book

1 Quantum Chemical Modeling in the Molecular Ecology

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Pheromone Molecules and Their Interaction With the Environment

1.3 Structure of the Active Center and Luminescence in the Photoprotein Obelin

1.4 Conclusions

2 Evolution before Life

3 Dealing with Spatial Autocorrelation in Gene Flow Modeling

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Modeling Method: Spatially Aware Predicting Clustering Trees

3.3 Results and Discussion: Modeling Gene Flow from GM to Non-GM Fields

3.4 Conclusion

4 Modeling In Vitro Cell-Based Assays Experiments

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Methods and Approach

4.3 Results and Discussion

4.4 Conclusions




5 “Keystone Species” of Molecular Interaction Networks

5.1. Introduction

5.2. Materials and Methods

5.3. Results

5.4. Conclusion

6 Evolutionary Transition to Complex Population Dynamic Patterns in an Age-structured Population

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Discrete Models of Changes in a Local Population Size

6.3 Density-Independent Selection in Limited Populations

6.4 Population Dynamics with F-Selection

6.5 Modeling of Natural Selection in Population with Age Structure

6.6 Conclusion

7 The Maximum Economic Yield Management of an Age-Structured Salmon Population

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Population Model

7.3 The Maximum Sustainable Economic Yield Harvesting Program

7.4 Nonselective Fishing Pattern

7.5 Nume


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.

Key Features

  • Provides an excellent introduction to modelling
  • Collects together in one source a wide range of modelling techniques
  • Covers a wide range of topics, from the molecular level to the global ecosphere


Environmental managers, ecologists and biologists


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About the Series Volume Editors

Ferenc Jordan Series Volume Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

The Microsoft Research – University of Trento, Center for Computational and Systems Biology, Trento, Italy

Sven Erik Jørgensen Series Volume Editor

Sven Erik Jørgensen was the professor emeritus in environmental chemistry at the University of Copenhagen. He received a master of science in chemical engineering from the Danish Technical University (1958), a doctor of environmental engineering (Karlsruhe University) and a doctor of science in ecological modelling (Copenhagen University). He was the honourable doctor at Coimbra University, Portugal and at Dar es Salaam University (Tanzania). In 1975 he founded the journal Ecological Modelling and in 1978 the ISEM (International Society of Ecological Modelling). He has received several awards, the Ruder Boskovic Medal, the Prigogine Prize, the Pascal Medal, the Einstein professorship at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Santa Chiara Prize for multidisciplinary teaching and the very prestigious Stockholm Water Prize. He has published 366 papers of which 275 were published in peer-reviewed international journals and he has edited or authored 76 books, of which several have been translated to other languages (Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese). He has authored a successful textbook in ecological modelling “Fundamentals of Ecological Modelling”, which was published as a fourth edition together with Brian Fath in 2011. It has been translated into Chinese and Russian (third edition). He authored a well received textbook in system ecology entitled “Introduction to Systems Ecology”. It was published as an English edition in 2012 and as a Chinese edition in 2013. He was editor in chief of the Encyclopedia of Ecology, published in 2008, and of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Management, published in December 2012. He has taught courses in ecological modelling in 32 different countries. He is the editorial board member of 18 international journals in the fields of ecology and environmental management. He was the president of ISEM and he also was elected member of the European Academy of Sciences, for which he was the chairman of the Section for Environmental Scienc

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, Copenhagen University, Denmark