By Alan G. Hildrew, David G. Raffaelli, Ronni Edmonds-Brown
Ecologists have lengthy struggled to foretell gains of ecological structures, comparable to the numbers and variety of organisms. the big variety of physique sizes in ecological groups, from tiny microbes to massive animals and vegetation, is rising because the key to prediction. in accordance with the connection among physique measurement and lines comparable to organic charges, the physics of water and the quantity of habitat on hand, we are able to comprehend styles of abundance and variety, biogeography, interactions in foodstuff webs and the influence of fishing, including as much as a possible 'periodic desk' for ecology. outstanding growth at the unravelling, describing and modelling of aquatic foodstuff webs, revealing the elemental position of physique dimension, makes a ebook emphasising marine and freshwater ecosystems quite apt. the following, the significance of physique measurement is tested at more than a few scales that might be of curiosity to expert ecologists, from scholars to senior researchers.
Read or Download Body Size: The Structure and Function of Aquatic Ecosystems PDF
Similar marine biology books
Every one ebook has major goals1. verify baseline concentrations of metals and metalloids in tissues of consultant box populations of estuarine coastal, and open ocean organisms (Book 1:algae and macrophytes, protists, sponges, coelenterates, molluscs, crustaceans, bugs, chaetognaths, annelids, echinoderms, and tunicates) (Book 2: elasmobranchs, fishes, reptiles, birds, mammals) and their value to organism future health and to the well-being in their shoppers.
Specialists are predicting that call for for marine fish oil will quickly outstrip offer, developing severe urgency in the international aquafeed to discover plausible possible choices. Fish Oil alternative and replacement Lipid resources in Aquaculture Feeds is the 1st accomplished assessment of this multifaceted, advanced factor.
Less than the ocean Wind is a vintage desolate tract event to which all nature writing is in comparison. The exact secret and wonder of the ocean is the environment for Rachel Carson's memorable portrait of the ocean birds and sea creatures that inhabit the japanese coasts of North the US. In a series of riveting adventures alongside the shore, in the open sea, and down within the twilight depths, Rachel Carson introduces us to the winds and currents of the sea as printed within the lives of Scomber the mackerel and Anguilla the eel.
Discusses how good marine animals listen, how noisy the oceans became, and what results those new sounds have on marine mammals.
- Biology and Culture of Percid Fishes: Principles and Practices
- Marine cosmeceuticals : trends and prospects
- Bryozoan Studies 2004: Proceedings of the 13th International Bryozoology Association conference, Concepción/Chile, 11-16 January 2004
- Reproduction and Growth Bioluminescence, Pigments, and Poisons
- Bioadhesion and biomimetics : from nature to applications
Extra resources for Body Size: The Structure and Function of Aquatic Ecosystems
Food size selection among copepods. Ecology, 54, 909–914. Wotton, R. S. (1994). The Biology of Particles in Aquatic Systems. Boca Raton: Lewis Publishers. Wotton, R. , Malmqvist, B. & Leonardsson, K. (2003). Expanding traditional views on suspension feeders – quantifying their roles as ecosystem engineers. Oikos, 101, 441–443. CHAPTER THREE Life histories and body size DAVID ATKINSON The University of Liverpool ANDREW G . HIRST British Antarctic Survey Introduction This chapter demonstrates how investigating patterns of survival, reproduction, growth and development – life histories – can improve understanding and prediction in diverse areas of ecology ranging from microevolution and population dynamics of individual species, to ecosystem function and biogeochemistry.
Second is the ultimate effect, in which the environment selects only those individuals whose life history response to environmental information leads to enhanced fitness. To illustrate this, life-history theory predicts that additional mortality on large individuals selects for smaller size at maturity, such as in species of Cladocera whose larger individuals are most at risk from fish predation (Brooks & Dodson, 1965). Thus, adaptive plasticity would involve reducing size at maturity in the presence of fish cues.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Sebens, K. P. (1982). The limits to indeterminate growth: an optimal size model applied to passive suspension feeders. Ecology, 63, 209–222. Sebens, K. P. (1987). The ecology of indeterminate growth in animals. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, 18, 371–407. Shimeta, J. & Jumars, P. A. (1991). Physical mechanisms and rates of particle capture by suspension feeders. Oceanography and Marine Biology Annual Review, 29, 191–257. Shimeta, J. & Koehl, M. A.