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Eco-evolutionary Dynamics$
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Andrew P. Hendry

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691145433

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691145433.001.0001

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Ecosystem Function

Ecosystem Function

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(p.224) Chapter 9 Ecosystem Function
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Eco-evolutionary Dynamics
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Andrew P. Hendry

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691145433.003.0009

This chapter explores how the mathematical frameworks, empirical methods, and predictions introduced for community structure can be extended to ecosystem function. Also outlined is an alternative conceptual framework (biological stoichiometry) for evaluating eco-evolutionary dynamics at the ecosystem level. The key questions in this analysis include the importance of intraspecific diversity, the relative strength of the various effects, on what time scales do the effects play out, and to what extent are the effects direct or indirect. The chapter also addresses whether the effects of genotypes decrease toward higher levels of complexity (from phenotypes to communities to ecosystems), and to what extent feedbacks are evident-traits influence ecosystems which then influence traits.

Keywords:   ecosystem function, community structure, biological stoichiometry, eco-evolutionary dynamics, ecosystem, intraspecific diversity, phenotypes

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