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Author Schmitz, Oswald J

Title Resolving ecosystem complexity / Oswald J. Schmitz

Publ Info Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2010]
2010
LOCATION CALL # STATUS NOTE
 RWU Main Library  QH541 .S326 2010    AVAILABLE
 Salve Main Collection  QH541 .S326 2010    AVAILABLE
 URI  QH541 .S326 2010    AVAILABLE
 Wheaton Stacks  QH541 .S326 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xvi, 173 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Monographs in population biology ; 47
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [143]-166) and index
Contents 1. Introduction -- Philosophical musings -- Explaining contingency: a worldview -- Contingency and emergence -- Preparing the mind for discovery -- Structure of the book -- 2. Conceptualizing ecosystem structure -- Abstracting complexity -- Whole system vs. building blocks approach -- Defining species interaction modules -- Identifying interaction modules in a grassland ecosystem -- Conception of ecosystem structure -- 3. Trophic dynamics: why is the world green? -- Trophic control as an emergent property of resource limitation -- Explaining contingency in trophic control of ecosystem function -- The nature of resource limitation and trophic control of food chains -- The mechanism switching hypothesis of trophic control -- Effects of herbivore feeding mode -- Collective effects of herbivore species with different feeding modes -- Plant-antiherbivore defense and strength of trophic control -- Herbivore resource selection and ecosystem function -- Stoichiometry and herbivore resource use -- Resource selection and ecosystem function -- Herbivore indirect effects and engineering of green worlds -- Herbivore-mediated carnivore indirect effects on ecosystems -- Carnivore indirect effects on plant diversity -- Carnivore indirect effects on ecosystem function -- 4. The green world and the brown chain -- Conceptualizing functions along detritus-based chains -- Resource limitation and trophic control -- Trophic control of decomposition -- Trophic control of mineralization -- Mechanisms of top-down control -- Trophic coupling between detritus-based and plant-based chains -- 5. The evolutionary ecology of trophic control in ecosystems -- Carnivore species and the nature of trophic interactions in an old-field system -- Carnivore hunting mode and the nature of trophic interactions -- The evolutionary ecology of trophic cascades -- 6. The whole and the parts -- Developing predictive theory for emergence -- Contingency and carnivore diversity effects on ecosystems -- Carnivore diversity and emergent effects on ecosystem function -- Shifting down one trophic level: intermediate species diversity and ecosystem function -- Herbivore diversity and mediation of top-down control of ecosystem function -- Detritivore diversity and mediation of top-down control of ecosystem function -- The basal trophic level: plant diversity and ecosystem function -- Functional classifications -- Resource identity effects on trophic interactions -- Moving forward on functional diversity and ecosystem function -- 7. The ecological theater and the evolutionary ecological play -- Phenotypic variation and state-dependent trade-offs -- Attacked plants attract predators -- Predators that avoid predation -- The nonconsumptive basis of trophic transfer efficiencies -- Trophic interactions in a changing theater -- Rapid change in hunting strategy -- Landscapes of fear and ecosystem management
LC subject Biotic communities
Ecosystem management
Biodiversity conservation
ISBN 9780691128481 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0691128480 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780691128498 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0691128499 (pbk. : alk. paper)