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Food Webs and the Dynamics of Marine Reefs$
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Tim McClanahan and George M. Branch

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195319958

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319958.001.0001

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Marine Food Webs: Conceptual Development of a Central Research Paradigm

Marine Food Webs: Conceptual Development of a Central Research Paradigm

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(p.3) 1 Marine Food Webs: Conceptual Development of a Central Research Paradigm
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Food Webs and the Dynamics of Marine Reefs
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Bruce Menge

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319958.003.0001

The chapter summarizes the history of recent scientific understanding of food webs, particularly shallow water food webs. The chapter outlines a history of key papers ranging from Elton to the most recent synthetic studies of meta-analysis of multiple food webs in many ecosystems. Changes in general organizing principles over time and conflicts with recent understanding are emphasized including an outline of the considerable progress over time and hope for an emerging discipline that takes advantage of emerging multidisciplinary tools and collaborations.

Keywords:   body size, diversity, energetics, connectedness, ecosystem engineers, habitat, food chains, interaction strength, intertidal, keystone, natural history, omnivory, predation, trophic level

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