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Princeton University Press
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Rising temperatures are affecting organisms in all of Earth's biomes, but the complexity of ecological responses to climate change has hampered the development of a conceptually unified treatment of them. In a remarkably comprehensive synthesis, this book presents past, ongoing, and future ecological responses to climate change in the context of two simplifying hypotheses, facilitation and interference, arguing that biotic interactions may be the primary driver of ecological responses to climate change across all levels of biological organization.

Eric Post's synthesis and analyses of ecological consequences of climate change extend from the Late Pleistocene to the present, and through the next century of projected warming. His investigation is grounded in classic themes of enduring interest in ecology, but developed around novel conceptual and mathematical models of observed and predicted dynamics. Using stability theory as a recurring theme, Post argues that the magnitude of climatic variability may be just as important as the magnitude and direction of change in determining whether populations, communities, and species persist. He urges a more refined consideration of species interactions, emphasizing important distinctions between lateral and vertical interactions and their disparate roles in shaping responses of populations, communities, and ecosystems to climate change.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Preface: Purpose, Perspective, and Scope
  2. pp. xiii-xx
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxi-xxiv
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  1. 1. A Brief Overview of Recent Climate Change and Its Ecological Context
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. 2. Pleistocene Warming and Extinctions
  2. pp. 24-53
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  1. 3. Life History Variation and Phenology
  2. pp. 54-95
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  1. 4. Population Dynamics and Stability
  2. pp. 96-131
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  1. 5. The Niche Concept
  2. pp. 132-162
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  1. 6. Community Dynamics and Stability
  2. pp. 163-216
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  1. 7. Biodiversity, Distributions, and Extinction
  2. pp. 217-248
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  1. 8. Ecosystem Function and Dynamics
  2. pp. 249-296
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  1. 9. Brief Remarks on Some Especially Important Considerations
  2. pp. 297-302
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  1. References
  2. pp. 303-358
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 359-374
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  1. Other Works in the Series
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400846139
Related ISBN
9780691148472
MARC Record
OCLC
847525170
Pages
408
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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