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Life Sciences - Ecology | The Impact of Environmental Variability on Ecological Systems

The Impact of Environmental Variability on Ecological Systems

Vasseur, D.A., McCann, K.S. (Eds.)

2007, XIV, 234 p.

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  • About this book

  • A comprehensive range of topics, from environmental variability itself to its ecosystem-level impact
  • A broad array of novel theoretical approaches
  • Addresses the challenge at multiple scales; from individuals to ecosystems

Fluctuations in the environmental conditions impacting life are ubiquitous. These fluctuations induce changes in the vital processes occurring within individual organisms (such as cellular metabolism) and the ecological processes occurring among individuals (such as competition, mutualism, and predation), ultimately leading to observable fluctuations in the commonly measured characteristics of ecological systems. From a very simple perspective, these processes are all modulators of environmental variability. We might best be able to understand the final form of this modulation – the impact of environmental variability on ecological systems - by building from an understanding of the responses of these life processes in isolation to an understanding of their responses in harmony. The impact of environmental variability on ecological systems is an issue that has been at the forefront of ecological research for many years. Research is taking place on many fronts, including theoretical mathematical based analyses, natural ecosystem observation and experimentation.

This book brings together contributions from these three fronts to provide readers with a comprehensive look at the challenges for ecological systems and ecological research alike.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » biodiversity - community dynamics - ecosystem - ecosystem function - environment - environmental variability - population dynamics - temperature

Related subjects » Ecology - Environmental Sciences

Table of contents 

El Niñno and La Niñna: Physical Mechanisms and Climate Impacts.- How do Scale and Sampling Resolution Affect Perceived Ecological Variability and Redness?.- Assessing the Impact of Environmental Variability on Trophic Systems using an Allometric Frequency-resolved Approach.- Filtering Environmental Variability: Activity Optimization, Thermal Refuges, and the Energetic Responses of Endotherms to Temperature.- Environment Forcing Populations.- Interaction Assessments in Correlated and Autocorrelated Environments.- Specialist?Generalist Competition in Variable Environments; the Consequences of Competition between.- Environmental Variability Modulates the Insurance Effects of Diversity in Non-equilibrium Communities.- Effects of Environmental Variability on Ecological Communities: Testing the Insurance Hypothesis of Biodiversity in Aquatic Microcosms.- Environmental Variability and the Antarctic Marine Ecosystem.

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