This book introduces the reader to a balanced coverage of concepts and theories central to community ecology, using examples drawn from terrestrial, freshwater, and marine systems, and focusing on animal, plant, and microbial species. The historical development of key concepts is described using descriptions of classic studies, while examples of exciting new developments in recent studies are used to point toward future advances in our understanding of community organization. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the crucial interplay between observations, experiments, and mathematical models.
This second updated edition is a valuable resource for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and established scientists who seek a broad overview of community ecology. The book has developed from a course in community ecology that has been taught by the author since 1983.
Preface to the First Edition.
Part I: Communities: Basic Patterns and Elementary Processes.
2. Competition: Mechanisms, Models, and Niches.
3. Competition: Experiments, Observations, and Null Models.
4. Predation and Communities. Empirical patterns.
5. Models of predation in simple communities.
6. Food Webs.
Part II: Factors Influencing Interactions Among Species.
9. Temporal Patterns: Seasonal Dynamics, Priority Effects, and Assembly Rules.
10. Habitat Selection.
11. Spatial Dynamics.
Part III: Large–scale, Integrative Community Phenomena.
12. Causes and Consequences of Diversity.
14. Applied Community Ecology.
Appendix: Stability Analysis.