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Body Size: The Structure and Function of Aquatic Ecosystems

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James H. Brown, Andrew P. Allen, James F. Gillooly, Stuart Humphries, David Atkinson, Andrew G. Hirst, Alexander D. Huryn, Arthur C. Benke, Colin R. Townsend, Ross M. Thompson, Guy Woodward, Philip Warren, J. Iwan Jones, Erik Jeppesen, Peter E. Schmid, Jenny M. Schmid-Araya, B. J. Finlay, G. F. Esteban, Simon D. Rundle, David T. Bilton, Andrew Foggo, Richard M. Warwick, Lennart Persson, André M. De Roos, Owen L. Petchey, Zachary T. Long, Peter J. Morin, Simon Jennings, John D. Reynolds, Robert O. Hall, Jr., Benjamin J. Koch, Michael C. Marshall, Brad W. Taylor, Lusha M. Tronstad, Joel E. Cohen, Alan G. Hildrew, David G. Raffaelli, Ronni Edmonds-Brown
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  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521679671

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  • Ecologists have long struggled to predict features of ecological systems, such as the numbers and diversity of organisms. The wide range of body sizes in ecological communities, from tiny microbes to large animals and plants, is emerging as the key to prediction. Based on the relationship between body size and features such as biological rates, the physics of water and the amount of habitat available, we may be able to understand patterns of abundance and diversity, biogeography, interactions in food webs and the impact of fishing, adding up to a potential 'periodic table' for ecology. Remarkable progress on the unravelling, describing and modelling of aquatic food webs, revealing the fundamental role of body size, makes a book emphasising marine and freshwater ecosystems particularly apt. In this 2007 book, the importance of body size is examined at a range of scales that will be of interest to professional ecologists, from students to senior researchers.

    • A wide range of aquatic topics are covered in relation to body size, providing a 'one-stop-shop' for this subject
    • Well written and comprehensive chapters provide an authoritative, yet accessible, text
    • Details how the wide ranges of body size in aquatic communities can serve to predict the features of those ecological systems
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    "The editors and contributors put together an interesting and thoughtful book on body size that is a very important contribution to progress in ecology. It provides a foundation for progress toward more realistic conservation and management of natural resources. If you are curious, and interested in discovering more about nature's games, this is an extremely interesting read that will lead your mind through stimulating intellectual travels." - Andrea Belgrano, Ecology

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    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521679671
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 102 b/w illus. 20 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The metabolic theory of ecology and the role of body size in marine and freshwater ecosystems James H. Brown, Andrew P. Allen and James F. Gillooly
    2. Body size and suspension feeding Stuart Humphries
    3. Life histories and body size David Atkinson and Andrew G. Hirst
    4. Relationship between biomass turnover and body size for stream communities Alexander D. Huryn and Arthur C. Benke
    5. Body size in streams: macroinvertebrate community size composition along natural and human-induced environmental gradients Colin R. Townsend and Ross M. Thompson
    6. Body size and predatory interactions in fresh waters: scaling from individuals to communities Guy Woodward and Philip Warren
    7. Body size and trophic cascades in lakes J. Iwan Jones and Erik Jeppesen
    8. Body-size and scale-invariance: multifractals in invertebrate communities Peter E. Schmid and Jenny M. Schmid-Araya
    9. Body size and biogeography B. J. Finlay and G. F. Esteban
    10. By wind, wings or water: body size, dispersal and range size in aquatic invertebrates Simon D. Rundle, David T. Bilton and Andrew Foggo
    11. Body size and diversity in marine systems Richard M. Warwick
    12. Interplay between individual growth and population feed backs shapes body size distributions Lennart Persson and André M. De Roos
    13. The consequences of body-size in model microbial ecosystems Owen L. Petchey, Zachary T. Long and Peter J. Morin
    14. Body size, exploitation and conservation of marine organisms Simon Jennings and John D. Reynolds
    15. How body size mediates the role of animals in nutrient cycling in aquatic ecosystems Robert O. Hall, Jr., Benjamin J. Koch, Michael C. Marshall, Brad W. Taylor and Lusha M. Tronstad
    16. Body sizes in food chains of animal predators and parasites Joel E. Cohen
    17. Body size in aquatic ecology: important, but not the whole story Alan G. Hildrew, David G. Raffaelli and Ronni Edmonds-Brown.

  • Editors

    Alan G. Hildrew, Queen Mary University of London
    Alan Hildrew is Professor in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London.

    David G. Raffaelli, University of York
    Dave Raffaelli is Professor at the University of York.

    Ronni Edmonds-Brown, University of Hertfordshire
    Ronni Edmonds-Brown is a senior lecturer in Environmental Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire.

    Contributors

    James H. Brown, Andrew P. Allen, James F. Gillooly, Stuart Humphries, David Atkinson, Andrew G. Hirst, Alexander D. Huryn, Arthur C. Benke, Colin R. Townsend, Ross M. Thompson, Guy Woodward, Philip Warren, J. Iwan Jones, Erik Jeppesen, Peter E. Schmid, Jenny M. Schmid-Araya, B. J. Finlay, G. F. Esteban, Simon D. Rundle, David T. Bilton, Andrew Foggo, Richard M. Warwick, Lennart Persson, André M. De Roos, Owen L. Petchey, Zachary T. Long, Peter J. Morin, Simon Jennings, John D. Reynolds, Robert O. Hall, Jr., Benjamin J. Koch, Michael C. Marshall, Brad W. Taylor, Lusha M. Tronstad, Joel E. Cohen, Alan G. Hildrew, David G. Raffaelli, Ronni Edmonds-Brown

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