Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Frank Van Langevelde, Herbert H. T. Prins
    Pages 1-6
  3. Derek W. Bailey, Frederick D. Provenza
    Pages 7-28
  4. Sipke E. Van Wieren, Michael Drescher, Willem F. De Boer
    Pages 29-31
  5. Andrew K. Skidmore, Jelle G. Ferwerda
    Pages 57-77
  6. Herbert H. T. Prins, Willem. F. De Boer, Frank Van Langevelde
    Pages 79-80
  7. Michael Drescher, Herbert H. T. Prins, Arend M. H. Brunsting
    Pages 101-103
  8. Ignas M. A. HeitkÖnig, Michael Drescher, Willem F. De Boer
    Pages 125-127
  9. Herbert H. T. Prins, Frank Van Langevelde
    Pages 129-155
  10. Willem F. De Boer, Arend M. H. Brunsting
    Pages 183-185
  11. Randall B. Boone, Shauna B. Burnsilver, Jeffrey S. Worden, Kathleen A. Galvin, N. Thompson Hobbs
    Pages 187-206
  12. Willem F. De Boer, Thomas A. Groen, Ignas M. A. HeitkÖnig, Koen Kramer
    Pages 207-210
  13. Herbert H. T. Prins, Arend M. H. Brunsting, Frank Van Langevelde
    Pages 233-236

About these proceedings


This multi-author book deals with ‘resource ecology’, which is the ecology of trophic interactions between consumers and their resources. Resource ecology is perhaps the most central part of ecology. In its linkage between foraging theory and spatial ecology, it shows how old and fundamental questions can be tackled afresh. It addresses crucial aspects of the interactions between consumers and resources. Foraging is the central process in resource ecology because it leads to growth, survival and reproduction of the animal. Resource ecology forms the basis for comprehending the functioning of multi-species assemblages, and is thus key to grasp the organisation of biodiversity.

All chapters in the book were prepared for a small symposium and were circulated in advance to the participants. They were subjected to intense group discussions; comments and critiques were subsequently used for writing new versions, which were peer-reviewed. For the purposes of stimulating future research, each chapter ends with two or three testable hypotheses. Each chapter is followed by a comment. This makes the book ideal for teaching and course work, because it highlights the fact that ecology is a living and active research field.


aminmal movements biodiversity ecology environment resource distribution resource ecology scale spatial ecology temporal dynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • Herbert H. T. Prins
    • 1
  • Frank Van Langevelde
    • 1
  1. 1.Resource Ecology GroupWageningen UniversityThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-6848-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-6850-8
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