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Energetic Food Webs: An analysis of real and model ecosystems

John C. Moore and Peter C. de Ruiter


This book bridges the gap between the energetic and species approaches to studying food webs, addressing many important topics in ecology. Species, matter, and energy are common features of all ecological systems. Through the lens of complex adaptive systems thinking, the authors explore how the inextricable relationship between species, matter, and energy can explain how systems are structured, and how they persist in real and model systems. Food webs are viewed as open and dynamic systems. The central theme of the book is that the basis of ecosystem persistence and stability rests on the int ... More

Keywords: food webs, ecology, ecological systems, adaptive systems, dynamic systems, input of energy, utilization of energy, trophic interactions, community dynamics, ecosystem energetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780198566182
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566182.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John C. Moore, author
Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, USA

Peter C. de Ruiter, author
Biometris, Wageningen University, The Netherlands