Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning
Synthesis and Perspectives
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Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning by Michel Loreau
Book DescriptionThe relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning has emerged as one of the most exciting and dynamic areas in contemporary ecology. Increasing domination of ecosystems by humans is steadily transforming them into depauperate systems. How will this loss of biodiversity affect the functioning and stability of natural and managed ecosystems? This volume provides the first comprehensive and balanced coverage of recent empirical and theoretical research on this question. It reviews the evidence, provides bases for the resolution of the debate that has divided scientists on these issues, and offers perspectives on how current knowledge can be extended to other ecosystems, other organisms and other spatial and temporal scales. It cuts across the traditional division between community ecology and ecosystem ecology, and announces a new ecological synthesis in which the dynamics of biological diversity and the biogeochemical functioning of the earth system are merged.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198515715
(245mm x 190mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 19-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michel Loreau
From Populations to Ecosystems, Paperback (July 2010)
Explaining how the principles of population dynamics and ecosystem functioning can be merged, this title addresses key issues in the study of biodiversity and ecosystems, such as functional complementarity, food webs, stability and complexity, material cycling, and metacommunities.
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning, Hardback (September 2002)» View all books by Michel Loreau
Determining the scientific relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning has emerged as one of the important challenges in ecological and environmental science. This book provides a synthesis and critical assessment in order to generate a consensus on the main issues involved and stimulate perspectives for future research.
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Author Biography - Michel Loreau
Michel Loreau Professor at Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris Belgian, born Uccle, Belgium 22/04/54 Shahid Naeem Associate Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Washington, Seattle USA, born San Francisco, California, USA, 16/10/52 Pablo Inchausti Researcher at Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris Italian, born Montivideo, Uraguay 21/03/64
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