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Theoretical Ecology: concepts and applications

Kevin S. McCann and Gabriel Gellner


This book continues the authoritative and established edited series of theoretical ecology books initiated by Robert May which helped pave the way for ecology to become a more robust theoretical science, encouraging the modern biologist to better understand the mathematics behind their theories. This latest instalment in the Theoretical Ecology series builds on the legacy of its predecessors with a completely new set of contributions. Rather than placing emphasis on the historical ideas in theoretical ecology, the editors have encouraged each contribution to: i) synthesize historical theoretic ... More

Keywords: theoretical ecology, networks, stage-structure, disease ecology, stochasticity, consumer-resource, food webs, eco-evolutionary dynamics, competition, mutualism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198824282
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198824282.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin S. McCann, editor
Professor, University of Guelph, Canada

Gabriel Gellner, editor
Postdoctoral Researcher, Colorado State University, USA

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1 Introduction

Gabriel Gellner, Kevin S. McCann, and Emily J. Champagne

2 Species coexistence

Peter Chesson

3 The synergistic effects of interaction strength and lags on ecological stability

Gabriel Gellner, Kevin S. McCann, and Christopher Greyson-Gaito

7 A structural theory of mutualistic networks

Jordi Bascompte and Antonio Ferrera

8 A data-driven approach to complex ecological systems

Michio Kondoh, Kazutaka Kawatsu, Yutaka Osada, and Masayuki Ushio

11 Trait-based ecological and eco-evolutionary theory

Christopher A. Klausmeier, Colin T. Kremer, and Thomas Koffel

12 Toward a general theory of metacommunity ecology

Dominique Gravel and François Massol

13 Theories of diversity in disease ecology

T. Alex Perkins and Jason R. Rohr

15 Alternative stable states, tipping points, and early warning signals of ecological transitions

John M. Drake, Suzanne M. O’Regan, Vasilis Dakos, Sonia Kéfi, and Pejman Rohani

16 Areas of current and future growth

Kevin S. McCann and Gabriel Gellner

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