From Plant Traits to Vegetation Structure
Wydawnictwo: Cambridge University Press
• Reviews and contrasts different conceptual approaches to community ecology, allowing ecologists to view old questions from new perspectives • Explains the benefits of a trait-based approach to plant community ecology, through empirical methods and conceptual notions • Describes the Maximum Entropy Formalism approach and its application to problems in ecology, allowing ecologists with no previous training to understand and apply this methodPreface; 1. Playing with loaded dice; 2. Population-based models of community assembly; 3. Trait-based community ecology; 4. Modeling trait-based environmental filters: Bayesian statistics, information theory and the maximum entropy formalism; 5. Community dynamics, natural selection and the origin of community-aggregated traits; 6. Community assembly during a Mediterranean succession; 7. The statistical mechanics of species abundance distributions; 8. Epilogue: traits are not enough.