April 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
Morin skillfully guides the reader through the main tenets and
central concepts of community ecology - competition, predation,
food webs, indirect effects, habitat selection, diversity, and
In an attempt to introduce the reader to the most balanced
coverage possible, Morin includes examples drawn from both the
aquatic and terrestrial realm and from both plant and animal
species. Balancing theory with experimentation and drawing on
exciting new studies to complement the historical foundations of
the discipline, he also stresses that both the empirical and
theoretical approaches are necessary to drive ecology foward into
the new millenium.
The final chapter on applied community ecology ably demonstrates
how community ecological processes have a wide environmental
relevance. Although in its infancy, the application of community
ecology to emerging problems in human-dominated ecosystems could
mitigate problems as diverse as management strategies for important
diseases transmitted by animals and the restoration and
reconstruction of viable communities.
Required reading for all students and practitioners interested
in community phenomena, Community Ecology marks an important
contribution to the development of this protean discipline.
- The first serious textbook for a decade on one of the keystone
subdisciplines of ecology.
- Broad taxonomic and habitat coverage.
- Section on implications of community ecology for environmental issues.
Competition: Mechanisms, Models and Niches.
Competition: Experiments, Observations and Null Models.
Predation and Communities. Empirical Patterns.
Models of predation in simple communities.
Part II: Factors Influencing Interactions Among Species:.
Temporal Patterns: Seasonal Dyanmics, Priority Effects, and Assembly Rules.
Spatial Dynamics, Recruitment-Limited Patterns, and Island Biogeography.
Part III: Large Scale, Integrative, Community Phenomena:.
Causes and Consequences of Diversity.
Applied Community Ecology.