Leeds University Library

BLGY5102M
Module Reading List

Community Ecology, 2017/18, Semester 1
Professor Bill Kunin
w.e.kunin@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue
This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but the following references should be helpful if you would like to do background reading for a particular lecture. They may also serve as useful starting points for an in-depth literature search for your final paper. Additional references may be given in the lectures themselves.

Note: references marked with an asterix (*) will be on counter collection at the library.

 

General references

Gaston, K.J. ed. (1996) Biodiversity: a biology of numbers and difference , Blackwell Science, Oxford. * [If you buy one book for this course, this might be your best bet: a number good chapters relevant to this course, plus some useful for other courses.]

Jeffries, M.J. (1997) Biodiversity and conservation , Routledge, London. [A new undergraduate textbook, a bit elementary but wide-ranging, well organised and inexpensive.]

Morin, P.J. (1999) Community ecology , Blackwell Science, Oxford. [A new community ecology textbook, and another contender for the best single book for the module]

Pickett, S.T.A., Ostfeld, R.S., Shachak, M. & Likens, G.E. eds. (1997) The ecological basis of conservation: heterogeneity, ecosystems, and biodiversity , Chapman & Hall, New York. [A new book with a lot of interesting stuff in it, but choppy and uneven.]

Ricklefs, R.E & Schluter, D., eds. (1993) Species diversity in ecological communities, historical & geographical perspectives , University of Chicago press, Chicago.* [A good collection of interesting papers, some of which are very relevant here]

Soulé, M.E. ed. (1986) Conservation biology: the science of scarcity and diversity , Sinauer Associates, Sunderland MA. * [One of a pair of now classic volumes that got the field of conservation biology started; still quite useful and relevant.]

World Conservation Monitoring Centre (1992) Global biodiversity: status of the Earth's living resources , Chapman & Hall, London. * [A useful sourcebook of facts and figures, with some good conceptual overviews as well.]

 

Global patterns of biodiversity

May, R.M. (1990) How many species? Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond . B330: 292-304.

Gaston, K.J. & Williams, P.H. (1996) Spatial patterns in taxonomic diversity, in Gaston, K.J., ed. Biodiversity , op. cit. pp. 202-229. *

Schall, J.J. & Pianka, E.R. (1978) Geographical trends in the number of species, Science , 201: 679-686.

Stevens, G.C. (1989) The latitudinal gradient in geographic range: how so many species coexist in the tropics, Am. Nat . 133: 240-246.

Pagel, M.D., May, R.M. & Collie, A (1991) Ecological aspects of the geographical distribution and diversity of mammal species, Am. Nat . 137: 791-815.

WCMC (1992) Global biodiversity: status of the Earth's living resources , Chapman & Hall, London. *

 

The measurement of diversity

Magguran, A.E. (1988) Ecological diversity and its measurement , Chapman & Hall, London. *

Pielou, E.C. (1975) Ecological diversity , Wiley, New York. *

Krebs, C.J. (1989) Ecological methodology , Harper & Row, New York.

Southwood, T.R.E. (1978) Ecological Methods , 2nd edition, Chapman & Hall, London.

Gaston, K.J. (1996) Species richness: measure and measurement, in Gaston, K.J., ed., Biodiversity op. cit. pp. 77-113. *

 

Species-area relationships

Rosenzweig, M.L. (1995) Species diversity in space and time , Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Connor, E.F. & McCoy, E.D. (1979) The statistics and biology of the species-area relationship, Am. Nat . 113: 791-833.

McGuinness, K.A. (1984) Equations and explanations in the study of species-area curves, Biol. Rev . 59: 423-40.

 

Food chains and food webs

Pimm, S.L. (1982) Food webs , Chapman & Hall, London.*

Polis, G.A. & Winemiller, K.O., eds. (1996) Food webs: integration of patterns & dynamics , Chapman & Hall, New York.*

Gange A.C. and Brown V.K., eds. (1997) Multitrophic interactions in terrestrial systems . Blackwell Science. *

Paine, R.T. (1988) Food webs: road maps of interactions or grist for theoretical development, Ecology 69: 1648-1654.

Hairston, N.G., Smith, F.E. & Slobodkin, L.B. (1960) Community structure,population control, and competition, Am. Nat . 94: 421-425.

 

Community structure and assembly

Ricklefs, R.E & Schluter, D., eds. (1993) Species diversity in ecological communities, historical & geographical perspectives . University of Chicago press, Chicago.* (especially chapters 16, 22, 26, 30)

Strong, D.R jr, Simberloff, D, Abele, LG, and Thistle, A (1984) Ecological communities: conceptual issues and the evidence . Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton

Weiher, E and Keddy, P., eds. (1999) Ecological assembly rules: perspectives, advances, retreats . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Weins, J.A. (1989) The ecology of bird communities . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

 

The maintenance of biodiversity

Huston, M.A. (1994) Biological diversity: the coexistence of species on changing landscapes , Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.*

Ricklefs, R.E & Schluter, D., eds. (1993) Species diversity in ecological communities, historical & geographical perspectives , University of Chicago press, Chicago.* (especially chapters 2, 5, 7)

Roughgarden, J. (1989) The structure and assembly of communities, in Roughgarden, J, May, R.M. & Levin, S.A., eds., Perspectives in ecological theory, Princeton University Press , Princeton pp. 203-226.

Pontin, A.J. (1982) Competition and coexistence of species , Pitman, London.

Tokeshi, M. (1999) Species coexistence: ecological and evolutionary perspectives , Blackwell Science, Oxford.

 

Island biogeography

MacArthur, R.H. & Wilson, E.O. (1967) The theory of island biogeography ,Princeton University Press, Princeton.*

Williamson, M. (1981) Island populations , Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Heaney, L.R. & Patterson, B.D., eds. (1986) Island biogeography of mammals,Academic Press, London. (especially chapters by: Lomolino, Hanski, Crowell, Lawlor, & Brown) (not avaliable in the library ) alternative citation: Biological Journal of the Linnean Society . vol 28 nos 1-2. 1986

 

Design and selection of nature reserves

Shafer, C.L. (1990) Nature reserves: island theory and conservation practice , Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington DC.*

Wilcox, B.A. (1980) Insular ecology and conservation, in Soul , M.E. & Wilcox, B.A., eds, Conservation biology: an evolutionary-ecological perspective , Sinauer, Sunderland, MA. pp.95-117.

Simberloff, D.S. (1988) the contribution of population and community biology to conservation science, Ann. Rev. Ecol. Syst . 19: 473-511.

 

The value of biodiversity

Norton, B.G. ed. (1986) The preservation of species , Princeton University Press, Princeton, (especially chapters by Norton, Slobodkin).

Norton, B.G. (1987) Why preserve natural variety? Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Hoage, R.J. ed. (1985) Animal Extinctions: what everyone should know , Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington DC (especially chapters by Norse, Ehrlich)

Oldfield, M.L. (1984) The value of conserving genetic resources , U.S. Dept. of Interior, Washington DC.

Kunin, W.E. & Lawton, J.H. (1996) Does biodiversity matter? Evaluating the case for conserving species, in Gaston K.J. ed., Biodiversity , op cit. pp.283-308. *

WCMC (1992) Global biodiversity: status of the Earth's living resources , Chapman & Hall, London. *

Schulze, E.-D. & Mooney, H.A., eds., (1994) Biodiversity and ecosystem function , Springer Verlag, Berlin.*

This list was last updated on 09/07/2008