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|OLS Field Name||OLS Field Data|
|Main Title||Food webs /|
|Author||McCann, Kevin S.|
|Publisher||Princeton University Press,|
|ISBN||9780691134178 (hbk. : acid-free paper); 0691134170 (hbk. : acid-free paper); 9780691134185 (pbk. : acid-free paper); 0691134189 (pbk. : acid-free paper)|
|Subjects||Food chains (Ecology) ; Biotic communities. ; SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Ecology. ; SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / General.|
|Collation||xii, 241 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.|
Includes bibliographical references (p. -234) and index.
"Human impacts are dramatically altering our natural ecosystems. The implications of these human impacts on the sustainability and functioning of these amazingly complex entities remains uncertain. As a result, food web theory has experienced a proliferation of research that seeks to address this critical area. This book synthesizes modern and classical results into a general theory. Finally, this book takes this general theoretical framework and discusses the implications of human impact for the stability and sustainability of ecological systems"-- pt. 1. The problem and the approach. The balance of nature: what is it and why care? -- A primer for dynamical systems -- Of modules, motifs, and whole webs -- pt. 2. Food web modules: from populations to small food webs. Excitable and nonexcitable population dynamics -- Consumer-resource dynamics: building consumptive food webs -- Lagged consumer-resource dynamics -- Food chains and omnivory -- More modules -- pt. 3. Toward whole systems. Coupling modules in space: a landscape theory -- Classic food web theory -- Adding the ecosystem -- Food webs as complex adaptive systems.