Community ecology: the study of the patterns and processesinvolving two or more species - has developed rapidly in the lasttwo decades, driven by new and more sophisticated researchtechniques, advances in mathematical theory and modeling, and theincreasing pressure on the environment wrought by humans. Once apurely descriptive science, it is now one of the mostforward-looking areas of scientific inquiry.
Morin skillfully guides the reader through the main tenets andcentral concepts of community ecology - competition, predation,food webs, indirect effects, habitat selection, diversity, andsuccession.
In an attempt to introduce the reader to the most balancedcoverage possible, Morin includes examples drawn from both theaquatic and terrestrial realm and from both plant and animalspecies. Balancing theory with experimentation and drawing onexciting new studies to complement the historical foundations ofthe discipline, he also stresses that both the empirical andtheoretical approaches are necessary to drive ecology foward intothe new millenium.
The final chapter on applied community ecology ably demonstrateshow community ecological processes have a wide environmentalrelevance. Although in its infancy, the application of communityecology to emerging problems in human-dominated ecosystems couldmitigate problems as diverse as management strategies for importantdiseases transmitted by animals and the restoration andreconstruction of viable communities.
Required reading for all students and practitioners interestedin community phenomena, Community Ecology marks an importantcontribution to the development of this protean discipline.
* * The first serious textbook for a decade on one of the keystonesubdisciplines of ecology.
* Broad taxonomic and habitat coverage.
* Section on implications of community ecology for environmentalissues.