Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function

  • Ernst-Detlef Schulze
  • Harold A. Mooney
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXVII
  2. Ecosystem Function

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. P. M. Vitousek, D. U. Hooper
      Pages 3-14
    3. M. J. Swift, J. M. Anderson
      Pages 15-41
  3. Functional Groups

  4. Species Interaction

  5. Community Interactions

About this book

Introduction

The biota of the earth is being altered at an unprecedented rate. We are witnessing wholesale exchanges of organisms among geographic areas that were once totally biologically isolated. We are seeing massive changes in landscape use that are creating even more abundant succes­ sional patches, reductions in population sizes, and in the worst cases, losses of species. There are many reasons for concern about these trends. One is that we unfortunately do not know in detail the conse­ quences of these massive alterations in terms of how the biosphere as a whole operates or even, for that matter, the functioning of localized ecosystems. We do know that the biosphere interacts strongly with the atmospheric composition, contributing to potential climate change. We also know that changes in vegetative cover greatly influence the hydrology and biochemistry ofa site or region. Our knowledge is weak in important details, however. How are the many services that ecosystems provide to humanity altered by modifications of ecosystem composition? Stated in another way, what is the role of individual species in ecosystem function? We are observing the selective as well as wholesale alteration in the composition of ecosystems. Do these alterations matter in respect to how ecosystems operate and provide services? This book represents the initial probing of this central ques­ tion. It will be followed by other volumes in this series examining in depth the functional role of biodiversity in various ecosystems of the world.

Keywords

Arten Artenvielfalt Biodiversität Conservation Diversität Nature Conservation Naturschutz Populationsbiologie Species richness biodiversity biologische Vielfalt biology ecosystem ecosystem processes population biology

Editors and affiliations

  • Ernst-Detlef Schulze
    • 1
  • Harold A. Mooney
    • 2
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für PflanzenökologieUniversität BayreuthBayreuthGermany
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-58001-7
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-58103-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-58001-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-6234
  • Series Online ISSN 0172-6234