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Author Ritchie, Mark E., 1960-
Title Scale, heterogeneity, and the structure and diversity of ecological communities / Mark E. Ritchie.
Imprint Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2010.

Author Ritchie, Mark E., 1960-
Series Monographs in population biology ; [45]
Monographs in population biology ; 45.
Subject Ecological heterogeneity.
Biotic communities.
Animal population density.
Description 1 online resource (229 pages) : illustrations.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Community ecology lives -- The geometry of heterogeneity -- Scaling relationships for the consumption of resources -- Food, resources, and scale-dependent niches -- Size structure in ecological guilds -- Heterogeneity and patterns of species diversity -- Biodiversity conservation in fractal landscapes -- Testing the model -- Perspectives, caveats, and conclusions.
Summary Understanding and predicting species diversity in ecological communities is one of the great challenges in community ecology. Popular recent theory contends that the traits of species are "neutral" or unimportant to coexistence, yet abundant experimental evidence suggests that multiple species are able to coexist on the same limiting resource precisely because they differ in key traits, such as body size, diet, and resource demand. This book presents a new theory of coexistence that incorporates two important aspects of biodiversity in nature--scale and spatial variation in the supply of limit.
Note Print version record.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
ISBN 9781400831685 (electronic bk.)
1400831687 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 680017768
Additional Format Print version: Ritchie, Mark E., 1960- Scale, heterogeneity, and the structure and diversity of ecological communities. Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2010 9780691090696 (DLC) 2009029065 (OCoLC)318874926

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