Food Webs

Integration of Patterns & Dynamics

  • Gary A. Polis
  • Kirk O. Winemiller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Food Webs: What Can They Tell Us About the World?

    1. Kirk O. Winemiller, Gary A. Polis
      Pages 1-22
  3. Detritus and Nutrients

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Michael J. Vanni, Peter C. de Ruiter
      Pages 25-29
    3. Janne Bengtsson, Heikki Setälä, David W. Zheng
      Pages 30-38
    4. Ursula Gaedke, Dietmar Straile, Claudia Pahl-Wostl
      Pages 60-71
    5. Robert W. Sterner, James J. Elser, Thomas H. Chrzanowski, John H. Schampel, Nicolas B. George
      Pages 72-80
    6. Daniel E. Schindler, Stephen R. Carpenter, Kathryn L. Cottingham, Xi He, James R. Hodgson, James F. Kitchell et al.
      Pages 96-105
  4. Interaction of Productivity and Consumption

  5. Causes and Effects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Janne Bengtsson, Neo Martinez
      Pages 179-184
    3. David G. Raffaelli, Stephen J. Hall
      Pages 185-191
    4. Peter C. De Ruiter, Anje-Margriet Neutel, John C. Moore
      Pages 201-210
    5. Lauri Oksanen, Tarja Oksanen, Per Ekerholm, Jon Moen, Peter Lundberg, Michael Schneider et al.
      Pages 231-242
  6. Temporal and Spatial Scale

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Bruce A. Menge, Bryon Daley, P. A. Wheeler
      Pages 258-274
    3. Mary E. Power, Michael S. Parker, J. Timothy Wootton
      Pages 286-297
  7. Food Webs and Applied Problems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 325-325
    2. Larry B. Crowder, Douglas P. Reagan, Diana W. Freckman
      Pages 327-336
    3. Kenneth G. Schoenly, Joel E. Cohen, K. L. Heong, Gertrudo S. Arida, Alberto T. Barrion, James A. Litsinger
      Pages 343-351
  8. Syntheses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 369-369
    2. Peter A. Abrams, Bruce A. Menge, Gary G. Mittelbach, David A. Spiller, Peter Yodzis
      Pages 371-395
    3. Lennart Persson, Jan Bengtsson, Bruce A. Menge, Mary E. Power
      Pages 396-434
    4. Gary A. Polis, Robert D. Holt, Bruce A. Menge, Kirk O. Winemiller
      Pages 435-460
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 461-472

About this book


Reflecting the recent surge of activity in food web research fueled by new empirical data, this authoritative volume successfully spans and integrates the areas of theory, basic empirical research, applications, and resource problems. Written by recognized leaders from various branches of ecological research, this work provides an in-depth treatment of the most recent advances in the field and examines the complexity and variability of food webs through reviews, new research, and syntheses of the major issues in food web research. Food Webs features material on the role of nutrients, detritus and microbes in food webs, indirect effects in food webs, the interaction of productivity and consumption, linking cause and effect in food webs, temporal and spatial scales of food web dynamics, applications of food webs to pest management, fisheries, and ecosystem stress. Three comprehensive chapters synthesize important information on the role of indirect effects, productivity and consumer regulation, and temporal, spatial and life history influences on food webs. In addition, numerous tables, figures, and mathematical equations found nowhere else in related literature are presented in this outstanding work. Food Webs offers researchers and graduate students in various branches of ecology an extensive examination of the subject. Ecologists interested in food webs or community ecology will also find this book an invaluable tool for understanding the current state of knowledge of food web research.


biomass chemistry complexity ecology ecosystem lake microbes nutrient cycling plankton population dynamics soil stability

Editors and affiliations

  • Gary A. Polis
    • 1
  • Kirk O. Winemiller
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Wildlife and Fisheries SciencesTexas A & M University, College TexasCollege StationUSA

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