Community Ecology

A Workshop held at Davis, CA, April 1986

  • Alan Hastings

Part of the Lecture Notes in Biomathematics book series (LNBM, volume 77)

About these proceedings

Introduction

This book presents the proceedings of a workshop on community ecology organized at Davis, in April, 1986, sponsored by the Sloan Foundation. There have been several recent symposia on community ecology (Strong et. al., 1984, Diamond and Case, 1987) which have covered a wide range of topics. The goal of the workshop at Davis was more narrow: to explore the role of scale in developing a theoretical approach to understanding communities. There are a number of aspects of scale that enter into attempts to understand ecological communities. One of the most basic is organizational scale. Should community ecology proceed by building up from population biology? This question and its ramifications are stressed throughout the book and explored in the first chapter by Simon Levin. Notions of scale have long been important in understanding physical systems. Thus, in understanding the interactions of organisms with their physical environment, questions of scale become paramount. These more physical questions illustrate the role scale plays in understanding ecology, and are discussed in chapter two by Akira Okubo.

Keywords

biology dynamics ecology environment genetics plankton population biology

Editors and affiliations

  • Alan Hastings
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Division of Environmental StudiesUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-85936-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-50398-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-85936-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0341-633X
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-9981
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