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This is one of our standard textbooks which sells well to the upper level undergraduate market for community ecology and population and community ecology courses. This book is the market leader in the field with lecturers in the US and UK both preferring this text to any of the competition. Published in 1999, it has sold 4695 copies to the end of July but its MAT has now dropped to around 650 as it is getting out of date. Community ecology is a dynamic field with lots of recent advances and Peter Morin is planning on bringing the book right up to date, revising each chapter carefully, adding new material and updating all the references. Two chapters, Food Webs and Causes and Consequences of Diversity will be extensively revised to account for rapid recent changes in these areas. He is also intending to put together a CD ROM / website that will include some working models. This will help explain the modelling sections which are the hardest for the students to understand and be a great teaching resource.
Peter Morin is a leading experimental community ecologist. He is interested in many aspects of community ecology, including predator-prey interactions, food webs, and the causes and consequences of biological diversity.
Table of Contents
art I: Communities: Basic patterns and elementary processes. Communities. Competition: Mechanisms, Models and Niches. Competition: Experiments, Observations and Null Models. Predation and Communities. Empirical Patterns. Models of Predation in Simple Communities. Food Webs. Mutualisms. Indirect Effectsart II: Factors Influencing Interactions Among Species. Temporal Ptterns: Seasonal Dynamics, Priority Effects and Assembly Rules0. Habitat Selection1. Spatial Dynamics, Recruitment-Limited Patterns, and Island Biogeographyart III: Large-Scale, Integrative Community Phenomena2. Causes and Consequences of Diversity3. Succession4. Applied Community Ecology