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From Energetics to Ecosystems: The Dynamics and Structure of Ecological Systems

  • Neil Rooney
  • K. S. McCann
  • D. L. G. Noakes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix

    1. Adrian M. H. DeBruyn, Kevin S. McCann, John C. Moore, Donald R. Strong
      Pages 65-85

    1. James A. Drake, Michael Fuller, Craig R. Zimmerman, Javier G. P. Gamarra
      Pages 157-183
    2. Peter Yodzis, Kevin McCann
      Pages 185-190

    1. Junling Ma, Lee Worden, Simon A. Levin
      Pages 191-212
    2. Donald L. DeAngelis, Matthijs Vos, Wolf M. Mooij, Peter A. Abrams
      Pages 213-235
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 261-265

About this book


Ecosystems are complex and enigmatic entities that are ultimately our life support systems. Understanding these systems to the point of being able to predict their behaviour in the face of perturbations requires that researchers adopt a number of strategies that vary in both approach and scale. This book, in a sense, is representative of some of the developments that have unfolded when math and physics met ecology. Here, some of the world’s leading ecologists examine ecosystems from theoretical, experimental, and empirical viewpoints, from energetics to ecosystems. The book begins with simplifying and synthesizing nature’s complex relationships. It then moves on to explore the mapping between food web structure and function and ends with the role of theory in integrating different research areas. From the breadth of systems analyzed to the rigor of approaches taken, this book is not only a useful resource for students and researchers in ecology, but also serves as a fitting tribute to the life and work of Peter Yodzis.


Biodiversity Ecosystems Food Webs ecology ecosystem

Editors and affiliations

  • Neil Rooney
    • 1
  • K. S. McCann
    • 2
  • D. L. G. Noakes
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Integrative BiologyUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  3. 3.Oregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"The book presents a baker’s dozen of chapters by an impressive list of researchers in the field. … most papers revolve around mathematical analyses of complex systems, emphasizing generalities all the while ensuring relevance to the field. … In addition to making valuable contributions to research, therefore, the book also could serve as a text for graduate students in ecology wishing to bolster their background in theory." (P. A. Rossignol, Environmental Biology of Fishes, Vol. 83, 2008)