Linking Species & Ecosystems

  • Clive G. Jones
  • John H. Lawton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Issues

  3. Scope

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-27
    2. Anne E. Giblin, Kenneth H. Foreman, Gary T. Banta
      Pages 37-44
    3. M. W. Silver, S. L. Coale, D. K. Steinberg, C. H. Pilskaln
      Pages 45-51
    4. Michael L. Pace, Stephen R. Carpenter, Patricia A. Soranno
      Pages 61-71
    5. Charles D. Canham, Stephen W. Pacala
      Pages 84-93
    6. Michael M. Pollock, Robert J. Naiman, Heather E. Erickson, Carol A. Johnston, John Pastor, Gilles Pinay
      Pages 117-126
    7. Heinrich D. Holland
      Pages 127-136
  4. Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-140
    2. John H. Lawton, Clive G. Jones
      Pages 141-150
    3. Jan Bengtsson, David Wei Zheng, Göran I. Ågren, Tryggve Persson
      Pages 159-165
    4. William S. C. Gurney, Alex H. Ross, Niall Broekhuizen
      Pages 176-193
    5. Monica G. Turner, Robert V. O’Neill
      Pages 194-208
    6. David S. Schimel, V. B. Brown, K. A. Hibbard, C. P. Lund, S. Archer
      Pages 209-214
    7. Edward B. Rastetter, Gaius R. Shaver
      Pages 215-223
    8. Thomas M. Frost, Stephen R. Carpenter, Anthony R. Ives, Timothy K. Kratz
      Pages 224-239
    9. Robert W. Sterner
      Pages 240-252
  5. Context

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 336-387

About this book


I was asked to introduce this volume by examining "why a knowledge of ecosys­ tem functioning can contribute to understanding species activities, dynamics, and assemblages." I have found it surprisingly difficult to address this topic. On the one hand, the answer is very simple and general: because all species live in ecosystems, they are part of and dependent on ecosystem processes. It is impossible to understand the abundance and distribution of populations and the species diversity and composition of communities without a knowledge of their abiotic and biotic environments and of the fluxes of energy and mat­ ter through the ecosystems of which they are a part. But everyone knows this. It is what ecology is all about (e.g., Likens, 1992). It is why the discipline has retained its integrity and thrived, despite a sometimes distressing degree of bickering and chauvinism among its various subdisciplines: physiological, be­ havioral, population, community, and ecosystem ecology.


Charles Darwin Darwin Fauna ecology ecosystem ecosystem ecology ecosystem processes environment environmental protection terrestrial ecosystem terrestrial ecosystems

Editors and affiliations

  • Clive G. Jones
    • 1
  • John H. Lawton
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Ecosystem StudiesMillbrookUSA
  2. 2.Centre for Population BiologyImperial College at Silwood ParkAscot, BerkshireEngland, UK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5714-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1773-3
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