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.

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


Ecologists, environmentalists

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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


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


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