The Role of Body Size in Multispecies Systems

The Role of Body Size in Multispecies Systems

1st Edition - September 23, 2011

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  • Editors: Andrea Belgrano, Julia Reiss
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123864758
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123864765

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Description

The general theme is being based around the ongoing European Science Foundation SIZEMIC Research Network, which has been running for several years. The network has focused on the role of body size in ecosystems and embraces a wide remit that spans all ecosystem types and a range of disciplines, from theoretical to applied ecology.

Key Features

  • Updates and informs the reader on the latest research findings
  • Written by leading experts in the field
  • Highlights areas for future investigation

Readership

Ecologists, environmentalists

Table of Contents

  • Contributors

    Preface

    The need for a more integrative approach to ecology and a return to the roots of the science

    A changing world view?

    Searching for simplifying rules within a complex science

    The division and reconnection of fisheries science and ecology

    Individual-based data and the “curse of the latin binomial”

    Beyond taxonomy and body size?

    Determinants of Density–Body Size Scaling Within Food Webs and Tools for Their Detection

    I. Introduction

    II. Density–Mass from Different Angles

    III. DMR and Food Webs

    IV. Statistical Issues

    V. DMR and Its Detection in a Metacommunity

    VI. Conclusions

    Predicted Effects of Behavioural Movement and Passive Transport on Individual Growth and Community Size Structure in Marine Ecosystems

    I. Introduction

    II. Methods

    III. Results

    IV. Discussion

    Seeing Double: Size-Based and Taxonomic Views of Food Web Structure

    I. Introduction

    II. Methods

    III. Results

    IV. Discussion

    Body Size, Life History and the Structure of Host–Parasitoid Networks

    I. An Introduction to Ecological Network Theory and Host–parasitoid Networks

    II. The Structuring of Trophic Networks

    III. Limitations on Host Range

    IV. Life History and Host Range

    V. Realised Niche in Parasitoids

    VI. Parasitoid Life History and Host Electivity

    VII. Sex Allocation and Host Quality

    VIII. Conclusions

    The Role of Body Size in Complex Food Webs: A Cold Case

    I. Introduction

    II. Methods

    III. Results

    IV. Discussion

    V. Conclusion

    Appendix

    Eco-evolutionary Dynamics of Individual-Based Food Webs

    I. Introduction

    II. Material and Methods

    III. Results

    IV. Summary and Discussion

    Scale Dependence of Predator–Prey Mass Ratio: Determinants and Applications

    I. Introduction

    II. Data

    III. Scale Dependence of Predator–Prey Mass Ratio

    IV. Determinants of Predator–Prey Mass Ratio

    V. Perspectives

    VI. Conclusion

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 352
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2011
  • Published: September 23, 2011
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123864758
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123864765

About the Serial Volume Editors

Andrea Belgrano

Andre Belgrano is currently at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Resources, Institute of Marine Research, Lysekil, and at the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment (SIME), Gothenburg, in Sweden. He has held faculty positions in the United States at the University of Maryland, University of New Mexico, University of Washington, and was a visiting scientist at the National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR), Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Dr Belgrano is broadly interested in ecological and evolutionary studies that use ecosystem status and trend data, for characterising relationships between diversity patterns and ecosystem functioning, which includes the effect of commercial fisheries, climate change and environmental variability.

His research approach is to use the broad concepts of macroecology, food webs theory and evolution to understand the underlying common rules governing ecosystem dynamics and functioning. Most of Dr Belgrano’s current work focuses on functional biodiversity, ecosystem-based management for marine fisheries, ocean health, governance, sustainability and resilience in aquatic systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Aquatic Resources, Institute of Marine Research, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Lysekil, Sweden; and Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment (SIME), Gothenburg, Sweden

Julia Reiss

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