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The Biomass Spectrum A Predator Prey Theory of Aquatic Production

Edited By: SR Kerr and LM Dickie
320 pages, Figs
The Biomass Spectrum
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Examination of the energy flows within the world's oceans. Kerr and Dickie propose an underlying theory of predator-prey energy transfer: larger species eat smaller species, providing energy exchange across all species within an ecosystem, highlighting the potential of the biomass spectrum methodology for offering practical remedies when these natural systems are exploited by humans.


Choosing and Organizing Observations and ExperiencesThe Empirical EvidenceThe Detailed Structure of the SpectrumToward a Mathematical ModelFeeding Relationships in the SpectrumPhysiological Bases for SpectraSystem Properties of Biomass SpectraAlternative Views of the System Underlying FisheriesLevels of Ecological System OutputImplications for Fisheries ManagementFinal Observations

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Stephen R. Kerr is Cox Fisheries Scientist-in-Residence in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University. Lloyd M. Dickie is a scientist emeritus at the Bedford Oceanographic Institute and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. They both live in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Edited By: SR Kerr and LM Dickie
320 pages, Figs
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"Kerr and Dickie are certainly aspiring towards a broader, more holistic ecological formulation, at least in aquatice ecology. For this reason alone, I strongly recommend the book." -- W. Gary Sprules, "Ecology"

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