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Theoretical Studies of Ecosystems
The Network Perspective

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M. Higashi, T. P Burns, R. Margalef, R. E. Ulanowicz, D. C. Mikulecky, T. F. H. Allen, R. V. O'Neill, B. C. Patten, D. L. De Angelis, W. M. Post, K. Kawasaki, H. Nakajima, N. Shigesada, E. Teramoto, B. Hannon, J. Bentsman, R. Herendeen
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  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521105835

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  • When this book was first published in 1991, developments in the study of theoretical ecology had led to the appearance of more complex concepts in ecosystem theory. As a result, ecosystems may be viewed as networks of coexisting living organisms and their non-living milieu which result in the transfer and transformation of material, energy and information. This book presents a comprehensive overview of these ideas, bringing together in a single volume a diverse range of viewpoints and approaches. Similarities and difference between these viewpoints are clarified, controversial issues addressed and problems for investigation identified. Because of its diverse and comprehensive nature, a wide range of ecological and environmental scientists, including theoretical as well as field ecologists, modellers, managers and policy makers, will find this book an invaluable asset in dealing more effectively with truly complex and realistic ecosystems networks. The book is also intended for use by graduate students in their advanced study.

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    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521105835
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction: Enrichment of ecosystem theory M. Higashi and T. P Burns
    Part I. Perspectives on the network approach to ecosystems:
    1. Networks in ecology R. Margalef
    2. Formal agency in ecosystem development R. E. Ulanowicz
    3. Network thermodynamics: a unifying approach to dynamic nonlinear living systems D. C. Mikulecky
    4. Improving predicability in networks: system specification through hierarchy theory T. F. H. Allen and R. V. O'Neill
    Part II. Network approaches to problems in ecosystems ecology:
    5. Network trophic dynamics: an emerging paradigm in ecosystems ecology M. Higashi, B. C. Patten and T. P. Burns
    6. Positive feedback and ecosystem organisation D. L. De Angelis and W. M. Post
    7. Structure, stability and succession of model competition systems K. Kawasaki, H. Nakajima, N. Shigesada and E. Teramoto
    8. Hierarchal evolution in ecological networks: environs and selection T. P. Burns, B. C. Patten and M. Higashi
    9. Control theory in the study of ecosystems: a summary view B. Hannon and J. Bentsman
    10. Do economics-like principles predict ecosystem behaviour under changing resource constraints? R. Herendeen
    Concluding remarks: Network ecology: indirect determination of the life-environment relationship in ecosystems B. C. Patten
    Indexes.

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    M. Higashi

    Thomas P. Burns

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    M. Higashi, T. P Burns, R. Margalef, R. E. Ulanowicz, D. C. Mikulecky, T. F. H. Allen, R. V. O'Neill, B. C. Patten, D. L. De Angelis, W. M. Post, K. Kawasaki, H. Nakajima, N. Shigesada, E. Teramoto, B. Hannon, J. Bentsman, R. Herendeen

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