In this Book

summary

Does biodiversity influence how ecosystems function? Might diversity loss affect the ability of ecosystems to deliver services of benefit to humankind? Ecosystems provide food, fuel, fiber, and drinkable water, regulate local and regional climate, and recycle needed nutrients, among other things. An ecosyste's ability to sustain functioning may depend on the number of species residing in the ecosystem--its biological diversity--but this has been a controversial hypothesis. There are many unanswered questions about how and why changes in biodiversity could alter ecosystem functioning. This volume, written by top researchers, synthesizes empirical studies on the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and extends that knowledge using a novel and coordinated set of models and theoretical approaches.

These experimental and theoretical analyses demonstrate that functioning usually increases with biodiversity, but also reveals when and under what circumstances other relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning might occur. It also accounts for apparent changes in diversity-functioning relationships that emerge over time in disturbed ecosystems, thereby addressing a major controversy in the field. The volume concludes with a blueprint for moving beyond small-scale studies to regional ones--a move of enormous significance for policy and conservation but one that will entail tackling some of the most fundamental challenges in ecology.

In addition to the editors, the contributors are Juan Armesto, Claudia Neuhauser, Andy Hector, Clarence Lehman, Peter Kareiva, Sharon Lawler, Peter Chesson, Teri Balser, Mary K. Firestone, Robert Holt, Michel Loreau, Johannes Knops, David Wedin, Peter Reich, Shahid Naeem, Bernhard Schmid, Jasmin Joshi, and Felix Schläpfer.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-vi
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-xii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. xix-xx
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. xxi-xxiv
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xxv-xxvi
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 1. Opening Remarks
  2. Ann P. Kinzig
  3. pp. 1-6
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. PART 1 Empirical Progress
  2. pp. 7-8
  1. 2. Biodiversity, Composition, and Ecosystem Processes: Theory and Concepts
  2. David Tilman and Clarence Lehman
  3. pp. 9-41
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 3. Experimental and Observational Studies of Diversity, Productivity, and Stability
  2. David Tilman, Johannes Knops, David Wedin, and Peter Reich
  3. pp. 42-70
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 4. Biodiversity and the Functioning of Grassland Ecosystems: Multi-Site Comparisons
  2. Andy Hector
  3. pp. 71-95
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 5. Autotrophic-Heterotrophic Interactions and Their Impacts on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning
  2. Shahid Naeem
  3. pp. 96-119
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 6. Empirical Evidence for Biodiversity–Ecosystem Functioning Relationships
  2. Bernhard Schmid, Jasmin Joshi, and Felix Schl¨apfer
  3. pp. 120-150
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 7. The Transition from Sampling to Complementarity
  2. Stephen Pacala and David Tilman
  3. pp. 151-166
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. PART 2 Theoretical Extensions
  2. pp. 167-168
  1. 8. Introduction to Theory and the Common Ecosystem Model
  2. Stephen Pacala and Ann P. Kinzig
  3. pp. 169-174
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 9. Successional Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning
  2. Ann P. Kinzig and Stephen Pacala
  3. pp. 175-212
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 10. Environmental Niches and Ecosystem Functioning
  2. Peter Chesson, Stephen Pacala, and Claudia Neuhauser
  3. pp. 213-245
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 11. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning: The Role of Trophic Interactions and the Importance of System Openness
  2. Robert D. Holt and Michel Loreau
  3. pp. 246-262
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. PART 3 Applications and Future Directions
  2. pp. 263-264
  1. 12. Linking Soil Microbial Communities and Ecosystem Functioning
  2. Teri C. Balser, Ann P. Kinzig, and Mary K. Firestone
  3. pp. 265-293
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 13. How Relevant to Conservation Are Studies Linking Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning?
  2. Sharon P. Lawler, Juan J. Armesto, and Peter Kareiva
  3. pp. 294-313
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 14. Looking Back and Peering Forward
  2. Ann P. Kinzig, Stephen Pacala, and David Tilman
  3. pp. 314-330
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. References
  2. pp. 331-358
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 359-366
  3. restricted access Download |

Additional Information

ISBN
9781400847303
Related ISBN
9780691088228
MARC Record
OCLC
827948854
Pages
392
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.