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Adaptive Food Webs Stability and Transitions of Real and Model Ecosystems

By: John C Moore(Editor), Peter C de Ruiter(Editor), Kevin S McCann(Editor), Volkmar Wolters(Editor)
416 pages, 6 plates with 12 colour illustrations; 95 b/w illustrations, 16 tables
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  • Adaptive Food Webs ISBN: 9781107182110 Hardback Dec 2017 Usually dispatched within 5 days
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Presenting new approaches to studying food webs, Adaptive Food Webs uses practical management and policy examples to demonstrate the theory behind ecosystem management decisions and the broader issue of sustainability. All the information readers need to use food web analyses as a tool for understanding and quantifying transition processes is provided. Advancing the idea of food webs as complex adaptive systems, readers are challenged to rethink how changes in environmental conditions affect these systems. Beginning with the current state of thinking about community organisation, complexity and stability, Adaptive Food Webs moves on to focus on the traits of organisms, the adaptive nature of communities and their impacts on ecosystem function. The final section of Adaptive Food Webs addresses the applications to management and sustainability. By helping to understand the complexities of multispecies networks, Adaptive Food Webs provides insights into the evolution of organisms and the fate of ecosystems in a changing world.



Part I. Food Webs: Complexity and Stability
1. Food Webs Versus Interaction Networks: Principles, Pitfalls and Perspectives Carsten F. Dormann and Nico Blüthgen
2. What Kind of Interaction-type Diversity Matters for Community Stability? Michio Kondoh and Akihiko Mougi
3. Symmetry, Asymmetry and Beyond: The Crucial Role of Interaction Strength in the 3 Complexity-stability Debate Anje-Margriet Neutel and Michael A. S. Thorne
4. Ecologically Effective Population Sizes and Functional Extinction of Species in Ecosystems Bo Ebenman, Torbjörn Säterberg, and Stefan Sellman
5. Merging Antagonistic and Mutualistic Bipartite Webs: A First Step to Integrate Interaction Diversity Into Network Approaches Elisa Thébault, Alix M. C. Sauve, and Colin Fontaine
6. Toward Multiplex Ecological Networks: Accounting for Multiple Interaction Types to Understand Community Structure and Dynamics Sonia Kéfi, Elisa Thébault, Anna Eklöf, Miguel Lurgi, Andrew J. Davis, Michio Kondoh, and Jennifer Adams Krumins
7. Unpacking Resilience in Food Webs: An Emergent Property or a Sum of the Parts

Part II. Food Webs: From Traits to Ecosystem Functioning
8. Integrating Food-web and Trait-based Ecology to Investigate Biomass-Trait-Feedbacks Ursula Gaedke and Toni Klauschies
9. Including the Life Cycle in Food Webs Karin A. Nilsson, Amanda L. Caskenette, Christian Guill, Martin Hartvig and Floor H. Soudijn
10. Importance of Trait-Related Flexibility for Food Web Dynamics and the Maintenance of Biodiversity Ursula Gaedke, Beatrix E. Beisner, Amrei Binzer, Amy Downing, Christian Guill, Toni Klauschies, Jan J. Kuiper, Floor Soudijn, and Wolf M. Mooij
11. Ecological Succession Investigated Through Food Web Flow Networks Antonio Bodini, Cristina Bondavalli, and Giampaolo Rossetti
12. Statistical Approaches for Inferring and Predicting Food-web Architecture Rudolf P. Rohr, Russell E. Naisbit, Christian Mazza, and Louis-Félix Bersier
13. Global Metawebs of Spider Predation Highlight Consequences of Land-Use Change for Terrestrial Predator-prey Networks Klaus Birkhofer, Eva Diehl, Volkmar Wolters, and Henrik G. Smith
14. Ecological Networks in Managed Ecosystems: Connecting Structure to Services Christian Mulder, Valentina Sechi, Guy Woodward, and Davib Andrew Bohan
15. Trait-based and Process-oriented Modeling in Ecological Network Dynamics Marco Scotti, Martin Hartvig, Kirk O. Winemiller, Yuanheng Li, Frank Jauker, Ferenc Jordán and Carsten Dormann
16. Empirical Methods of Identifying and Quantifying Trophic Interactions for Constructing Soil Food Web Models Amber Heijboer, Liliane Ruess, Michael Traugott, Alexandre Jousset, and Peter de Ruiter

Part III. Food Webs and Environmental Sustainability
17. Integrating Species Interaction Networks and Biogeography José M. Montoya and Núria Galiana
18. Food Web Dynamics when Divergent Life History Strategies Respond to Environmental Variation Differently: A Fisheries Ecology Perspective Kirk O. Winemiller
19. Rare but Important: Perturbations to Uncommon Species Can Have Large Impact on the Structure of Ecological Communities Tomas Jonsson,Sofia Berg, Torbjörn Säterberg, Céline Hauzy, and Bo Ebenman
20. Food Web Simulations: Stochastic Variability and Systems-based Conservation Ferenc Jordán, Marco Scotti, and Catherine M. Yule
21. An Individual-based Simulation Model to Link Population, Community and Metacommunity Dynamics Marco Scotti and Ferenc Jordán
22. Structural Instability of Food Webs and Food-web Models and its Implications for Management Axel G. Rossberg, Amanda Caskenette and Louis-Felix Bersier
23. Linking Ecology and Epidemiology: The Case of Infected Resource Sanja Selakovic, Peter de Ruiter and Hans Heesterbeek

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John C. Moore is a Professor, Founding Head of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, and Director of the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. His research on food web structure, function and dynamics is positioned at the interfaces of community ecology, ecosystem ecology, and evolution. He pioneered the concepts that detritus is an important source of energy and stability in ecosystems.

Peter C. de Ruiter is Director of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam and occupies the Chair of Theoretical Ecology at Wageningen Universiteit, The Netherlands. His research focuses on the structure and stability of food webs, and the relationship between biological diversity, ecosystem functioning and environmental quality, in particular in soils.

Kevin S. McCann is Canadian Research Chair in Biodiversity at the University of Guelph, Ontario. A leading theoretical ecologist with an expertise in food webs and biodiversity, his research examines the biological structure underlying diversity and the critical relationship between biostructure, ecosystem function and stability. In 2013, McCann was only the second Canadian to be elected as a lifetime fellow to the Ecological Society of America for research achievements.

Volkmar Wolters is a Professor and Head of the Department of Animal Ecology and Systematic Zoology at Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany. His research focusses on soil food webs, pollination webs, agricultural biodiversity and community ecology at the landscape scale. He is president of the Ecological Society of the German speaking countries (GfÖ), and is therefore engaged with policy-makers and key stakeholders in biodiversity and ecology issues.

- Carsten F. Dormann
- Nico Blüthgen
- Michio Kondoh
- Akihiko Mougi
- Anje-Margriet Neutel
- Michael A. S. Thorne
- Bo Ebenman
- Torbjörn Säterberg
- Stefan Sellman
- Elisa Thébault
- Alix M. C. Sauve
- Colin Fontaine
- Sonia Kéfi
- Anna Eklöf
- Miguel Lurgi
- Andrew J. Davis
- Jennifer Adams Krumins
- R. M. Thompson
- Richard Williams
- Ursula Gaedke
- Toni Klauschies
- Karin A. Nilsson
- Amanda L. Caskenette
- Christian Guill
- Martin Hartvig
- Floor H. Soudijn
- Beatrix E. Beisner
- Amrei Binzer
- Amy Downing
- Christian Guill
- Toni Klauschies
- Jan J. Kuiper
- Wolf M. Mooij
- Antonio Bodini
- Cristina Bondavalli
- Giampaolo Rossetti
- Rudolf P. Rohr
- Russell E. Naisbit
- Christian Mazza
- Louis-Félix Bersier
- Klaus Birkhofer
- Eva Diehl
- Volkmar Wolters
- Henrik G. Smith
- Christian Mulder
- Valentina Sechi
- Guy Woodward
- Davib Andrew Bohan
- Marco Scotti
- Kirk O. Winemiller
- Yuanheng Li
- Frank Jauker
- Ferenc Jordán
- Amber Heijboer
- Liliane Ruess
- Michael Traugott
- Alexandre Jousset
- Peter de Ruiter
- José M. Montoya
- Núria Galiana
- Tomas Jonsson
- Sofia Berg
- Torbjörn Säterberg
- Céline Hauzy
- Catherine M. Yule
- Axel G. Rossberg
- Amanda Caskenette
- Sanja Selakovic
- Hans Heesterbeek

By: John C Moore(Editor), Peter C de Ruiter(Editor), Kevin S McCann(Editor), Volkmar Wolters(Editor)
416 pages, 6 plates with 12 colour illustrations; 95 b/w illustrations, 16 tables
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