Origination: the basis of coexistence.
Origination and evolution of communities.
Patterns of species richness: temporal dimension.
Patterns of species richness: spatial dimension.
The niche, resources and species assembly.
Niche apportionment and relative abundances of coexisting species.
Competition, co-operation and coexistence.
Agent-mediated coexistence: predation and disturbance.
Patchiness, heterogeneity and stochasticity.
Traits and coexistence.
Stability and conservation of coexisting species.
- Comprehensive and contemporary synthesis.
- Pulls together the aggregate influence of evolution and ecology on patterns in communities.
- Balanced mix of theory and empirical work.
- Clearly structured chapters with short introduction and summary.