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Ecological Niches and Geographic Distributions (MPB-49)

A. Townsend Peterson, Jorge Soberón, Richard G. Pearson, Robert P. Anderson, Enrique Martínez-Meyer, Miguel Nakamura, and Miguel B. Araújo

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691136868
eISBN:
9781400840670
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691136868.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

This book provides a first synthetic view of an emerging area of ecology and biogeography, linking individual- and population-level processes to geographic distributions and biodiversity patterns. ... More


Patterns among species: information

Charles W. Fowler

in Systemic Management: Sustainable Human Interactions with Ecosystems and the Biosphere

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199540969
eISBN:
9780191716249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540969.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Biodiversity / Conservation Biology

Chapter 2 shows that: (1) ecosystems and the biosphere have structure and function seen in the limits to macroecological patterns, many of which have yet to be discovered and characterized, (2) ... More


Maximum Entropy and Ecology: A Theory of Abundance, Distribution, and Energetics

John Harte

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
December 2013
ISBN:
9780199593415
eISBN:
9780191774614
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593415.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

A goal of every science is comprehensive theory that is predictive, realistic, and parsimonious. Is such theory possible in ecology? The sheer complexity, historical contingency, and scale-dependence ... More


Marine Macroecology

Jon D. Witman and Kaustuv Roy (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226904115
eISBN:
9780226904146
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226904146.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

Pioneered in the late 1980s, the concept of macroecology—a framework for studying ecological communities with a focus on patterns and processes—revolutionized the field of ecology. Although this ... More


The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index

Nathalie Pettorelli

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199693160
eISBN:
9780191810145
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199693160.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Biodiversity / Conservation Biology

There has been a recent surge of interest in remote sensing and its use in ecology and conservation. This book focuses explicitly on the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), a simple ... More


The Avian Migrant: The Biology of Bird Migration

John Rappole

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231146784
eISBN:
9780231518635
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231146784.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

The purpose of migration, regardless of the distance involved, is to exploit two or more environments suitable for survival or reproduction over time, usually on a seasonal basis. Yet individual ... More


Connections to other theories

John Harte

in Maximum Entropy and Ecology: A Theory of Abundance, Distribution, and Energetics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
December 2013
ISBN:
9780199593415
eISBN:
9780191774614
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593415.003.0010
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

METE is situated within a constellation of other theories that also attempt to explain a range of patterns in macroecology. Some of these theories are also based on the maximum entropy principle; ... More


Future directions

John Harte

in Maximum Entropy and Ecology: A Theory of Abundance, Distribution, and Energetics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
December 2013
ISBN:
9780199593415
eISBN:
9780191774614
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593415.003.0011
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

METE makes numerous predictions about patterns in macroecology, but it also leaves important questions unanswered. This chapter focuses on three of these: What can we infer about spatial correlations ... More


Evolution of Body Size in Bats

Kamran Safi, Shai Meiri, and Kate E. Jones

in Animal Body Size: Linking Pattern and Process across Space, Time, and Taxonomic Group

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226012148
eISBN:
9780226012285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226012285.003.0005
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter examines the macroevolution and macroecology of bat body mass. Bat body mass extends from under 2 g to over 1 kg and shows a typical right-hand skew on a logarithmic scale. In common ... More


Macroecological Patterns of Body Size in Mammals across Time and Space

S. Kathleen Lyons and Felisa A. Smith

in Animal Body Size: Linking Pattern and Process across Space, Time, and Taxonomic Group

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226012148
eISBN:
9780226012285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226012285.003.0006
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter examines the macroecological patterns of body size in mammals across space and time. It addresses the following questions: How similar are overall body size distributions across ... More


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