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Resource Ecology : Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Foraging - Herbert H. T. Prins

Resource Ecology

Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Foraging

By: Herbert H. T. Prins (Editor), Frank van Langevelde (Editor)

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This book focuses on 'resource ecology', which we defined as 'the ecology of trophic interactions between consumers and their resources'. In our endeavour to shape the discipline of 'resource ecology' further, we invited some world-class scientists to think with us. We thus organised a symposium where we made sure that we paid attention to the original Greek meaning of the word: we discussed, ate and drank together and, for health reasons, made sure that we hade enough time for strolling and bicycling along the banks of the River Rhine. We even climbed a beautiful mediaeval church tower dedicated to Saint Cunera dating back to the year that Columbus sailed for America. In ecology, spatial ecology is an up-and-coming domain of science. It addresses the effects of space and scale on the dynamics of individual species and on the structure and dynamics of multi-species assemblages. More than a few recent studies demonstrate the significance of taking into account the spatial structure of resources on the population dynamics and assemblage structure of consumers. We believe that bringing together scientists specialised in foraging theory with those who know much about spatial ecology can create a new context from which new theory will emerge. Every chapter was written on invitation. We as editors had outlined what we had in mind and sent that outline to the selected authors.

From the reviews: The book presents a very readable account of the current state of play across the broad range of herbivore resource ecology: diet selection and intake at local, patch and landscape scales. I would certainly recommend this book to researchers, undergraduate and graduate reading groups, because the contents provide plenty of food for thought and debate. Conveniently, the chapters can be viewed individually at the website. (Andrew Illius, African Journal of Range & Forage Science, Vol. 27 (1), 2010)"

Prefacep. ix
Introduction to resource ecologyp. 1
Mechanisms determining large-herbivore distributionp. 7
Comments on "Mechanisms determining large-herbivore distribution"p. 29
Spatial statistics to quantify patterns of herd dispersion in a savanna herbivore communityp. 33
Comments on "Spatial statistics to quantify patterns of herd dispersion in a savanna herbivore community"p. 53
Resource distribution and dynamics: mapping herbivore resourcesp. 57
Comments on "Resource distribution and dynamics: mapping herbivore resources"p. 79
Foraging in a heterogeneous environment: intake and diet choicep. 81
Comments on "Foraging in a heterogeneous environment: intake and diet choice"p. 101
Predictive modelling of patch use by terrestrial herbivoresp. 105
Comments on "Predictive modelling of patch use by terrestrial herbivores"p. 125
Assembling a diet from different placesp. 129
Comments on "Assembling a diet from different places"p. 157
Effects of temporal variability in resources on foraging behaviourp. 159
Comments on "Effects of temporal variability in resources on foraging behaviour"p. 183
Large-scale movements of large herbivores: livestock following changes in seasonal forage supplyp. 187
Comments on "Large-scale movements of large herbivores: livestock following changes in seasonal forage supply"p. 207
Relevance of key resource areas for large-scale movements of livestockp. 211
Comments on "Relevance of key resource areas for large-scale movements of livestock"p. 233
Structuring herbivore communities: the role of habitat and dietp. 237
Comments on "Structuring herbivore communities: the role of habitat and diet"p. 263
Prospects for further development of resource ecologyp. 267
List of referencesp. 273
List of contributorsp. 303
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ISBN: 9781402068492
ISBN-10: 1402068492
Series: Wageningen UR Frontis
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 21st January 2008
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.48