Ecosystem Engineers, 1st Edition

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Ecosystem Engineers, 1st Edition,Kim Cuddington,James Byers,William Wilson,Alan Hastings,ISBN9780123738578

Cuddington   &   Byers   &   Wilson   &   Hastings   

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Key Features

* The only consolidated treatment available
* Provides definitions, case studies, and examples of ecological models
* Discusses how ecosystem engineering can inform and improve the management of natural resources
* Includes contributions from Clive Jones, the leading figure in the development of the ecosystem engineer concept, and many other eminent ecologists, such as Alan Hastings


The first book entirely devoted to this topic, Ecosystem Engineers begins with the history of the concept, presenting opposing definitions of ecosystem engineeing. These varied definitions advance the debate and move past trivial difficulties to crystallize key issues such as the value of process-based vs. outcome-based. Authors include case studies spanning a wide spectrum of species and habitats, including above and below-ground, aquatic and terrestrial, and extant and paleontological examples. These studies enable readers to understand how the categorization of species as ecosystem engineers allows scientists to forge new explanatory generalizations. Key for all ecologists and environmentalists, this book ultimately illustrates how to inform and manage natural resources.


Ecologists, natural resource manager, biomathematicians, and historians of science

Kim Cuddington

Affiliations and Expertise

Ohio University, Department of Biological Sciences, Athens, U.S.A.

James Byers

Affiliations and Expertise

University of New Hampshire, Department of Zoology, Durham, U.S.A.

William Wilson

Affiliations and Expertise

Duke University, Department of Biology, Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Alan Hastings

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California Davis, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, U.S.A.

Ecosystem Engineers, 1st Edition

Section 1 History and Concepts
1. On the purpose, meaning and usage of the physical ecosystem engineering concept- Clive G. Jones and Jorge L. Gutiérrez
2. An historical perspective on ecosystem engineering- Natalie Buchman, Kim Cuddington and John Lambrinos
3. A new spirit and concept for ecosystem engineering?- William G. Wilson
4. Synthesis. Ecosystem engineering: Utility, contention and progress- Kim Cuddington

Section 2 Examples and Applications
5. Earthworms as key actors in self-organized soil systems- Patrick Lavelle
6. Microhabitat manipulation: Ecosystem engineering by shelter-building insects- John T. Lill and Robert J. Marquis
7. Carpobrotus as a case study of the complexities of species impacts- Nicole Molinari, Carla D’Antonio and George Thomson
8. Ecosystem engineering in the fossil record: early examples from the Cambrian period- Katherine N. Marenco and David J. Bottjer
9. Habitat conversion associated with bioeroding marine isopods- Theresa Sinicrope Talley and Jeffrey A. Crooks
10. Synthesis. Lessons from disparate ecosystem engineers- James E. Byers

Section 3 Theory and Models
11. Community responses to environmental change: Results of Lotka-Volterra community theory- Willliam G. Wilson and Justin P. Wright
12. Model studies of ecosystem engineering in plant communities- Ehud Meron, Erez Gilad, Jost von Hardenberg, Antonello Provenzale and Moshe Shachak
13. Balancing the engineer-environment equation: the current legacy- Kim Cuddington and Alan Hastings
14. Synthesis of Ecosystem Engineering Theory- William G. Wilson

Section 4 Socio-economic issues and management solutions
15. Jonathan H. Grabowski and Charles H. Peterson. Restoring oyster reefs to recover ecosystem services- John G. Lambrinos
16. Managing invasive ecosystem engineers: the case of Spartina in Pacific estuaries
17. Livestock and engineering network in the Israeli Negev: implications for ecosystem management- Yarden Oren, Avi Perevolotsky, Sol Brand and Moshe Shachak
18. Ecosystem engineers and the complex dynamics of non-native species management on California’s Channel islands- Rob Klinger
19. The diverse faces of ecosystem engineers in agroecosystems- John Vandermeer and Ivette Perfecto
20. Management and ecosystem engineers: current knowledge and future challenges- Alan Hastings
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