By (author) Klaus Rohde
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Nonequilibrium Ecology by Klaus Rohde
Book DescriptionEcology has long been shaped by ideas that stress the sharing of resources and the competition for those resources, and by the assumption that populations and communities typically exist under equilibrium conditions in habitats saturated with both individuals and species. However, much evidence contradicts these assumptions and it is likely that nonequilibrium is much more widespread than might be expected. This book is unique in focusing on nonequilibrium aspects of ecology, providing evidence for nonequilibrium and equilibrium in populations (and metapopulations), in extant communities and in ecological systems over evolutionary time, including nonequilibrium due to recent and present mass extinctions. The assumption that competition is of overriding importance is central to equilibrium ecology, and much space is devoted to its discussion. As communities of some taxa appear to be shaped more by competition than others, an attempt is made to find an explanation for these differences.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521854344
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Klaus Rohde
Balance of Nature and Human Impact, Hardback (February 2013)
Explores equilibrium and non-equilibrium in undisturbed and disturbed ecological systems, examining how human activities affect the balance/imbalance of nature.
Nonequilibrium Ecology, Paperback (January 2006)
Presents evidence to contradict the assumption of the 'balance of nature'.
Marine Parasitology, Hardback (September 2005)» View all books by Klaus Rohde
A thorough overview of all aspects of marine parasitology.
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Author Biography - Klaus Rohde
Klaus Rohde is Professor Emeritus at the University of New England, Australia.
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