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Author Schmitz, Oswald J

Title Resolving ecosystem complexity / Oswald J. Schmitz

Publ Info Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2010]
 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)