Body Size: The Structure and Function of Aquatic Ecosystems by Alan G. Hildrew, David G. Raffaelli, Ronni Edmonds-Brown

By Alan G. Hildrew, David G. Raffaelli, Ronni Edmonds-Brown

Ecologists have lengthy struggled to foretell good points of ecological structures, resembling the numbers and variety of organisms. the big variety of physique sizes in ecological groups, from tiny microbes to giant animals and crops, is rising because the key to prediction. in accordance with the connection among physique measurement and lines reminiscent of organic premiums, the physics of water and the quantity of habitat on hand, we are able to comprehend styles of abundance and variety, biogeography, interactions in nutrition webs and the influence of fishing, including as much as a possible 'periodic desk' for ecology. striking development at the unravelling, describing and modelling of aquatic nutrients webs, revealing the basic function of physique dimension, makes a ebook emphasising marine and freshwater ecosystems fairly apt. right here, the significance of physique dimension is tested at more than a few scales that would be of curiosity to expert ecologists, from scholars to senior researchers.

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