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Food Webs

By: Stuart L Pimm

219 pages, Figs, tabs

University of Chicago Press

Paperback | Dec 2002 | Edition: 2 | #128085 | ISBN: 0226668320
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Although it was first published twenty years ago, Stuart Pimm's classic remains the clearest introduction to the study of food webs. Reviewing various hypotheses in the light of theoretical and empirical evidence, Pimm shows that even the most complex food webs follow certain patterns and that those patterns are shaped by a limited number of biological processes, such as population dynamics and energy flow. Pimm provides a variety of mathematical tools for unravelling these patterns and processes, and demonstrates their application through concrete examples. For this edition, he has written a new foreword covering recent developments in the study of food webs and demonstrates their continuing importance to conservation biology.

[An] important and long-needed book....[It] should attract a wide audience and should serve, for years to come, as the basis for new investigations, both theoretical and empirical. - Michael Gllpin, Nature

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Stuart L. Pimm is professor of ecology in the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University. He is the author of The World According to Pimm; A Scientist Audits the Earth and The Balance of Nature? Ecological Issues in the Conservation of Species and Communities, the latter published by the University of Chicago Press.

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