Aquatic Functional Biodiversity: An Ecological and Evolutionary Perspective

by Andrea Belgrano, Guy Woodward, Ute Jacob

Pages: 312 pages
Publisher: --
Edition: 1st edition (September 7, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0124170153
ISBN-13: 978-0124170155


Aquatic Functional Biodiversity: An Ecological and Evolutionary Perspective provides a general conceptual framework by some of the most prominent investigators in the field for how to link eco-evolutionary approaches with functional diversity to understand and conserve the provisioning of ecosystem services in aquatic systems. Rather than producing another methodological book, the editors and authors primarily concentrate on defining common grounds, connecting conceptual frameworks and providing examples by a more detailed discussion of a few empirical studies and projects, which illustrate key ideas and an outline of potential future directions and challenges that are expected in this interdisciplinary research field.

Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in using network approaches to disentangle the relationship between biodiversity, community structure and functioning. Novel methods for model construction are being developed constantly, and modern methods allow for the inclusion of almost any type of explanatory variable that can be correlated either with biodiversity or ecosystem functioning. As a result these models have been widely used in ecology, conservation and eco-evolutionary biology. Nevertheless, there remains a considerable gap on how well these approaches are feasible to understand the mechanisms on how biodiversity constrains the provisioning of ecosystem services.

Defines common theoretical grounds in terms of terminology and conceptual issues
Connects theory and practice in ecology and eco-evolutionary sciences
Provides examples for successful biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service management

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