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Trophic Downgrading of Planet Earth
Until recently, large apex consumers were ubiquitous across the globe and had been for millions of years. The loss of these animals may be humankind’s most pervasive influence on nature. AlthoughExpand
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Food Web Complexity and Species Diversity
  • R. T. Paine
  • Biology
  • The American Naturalist
  • 1 January 1966
It is suggested that local animal species diversity is related to the number of predators in the system and their efficiency in preventing single species from monopolizing some important, limiting,Expand
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Challenges in the Quest for Keystones
Mary E. Power is a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720. David Tilman is a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior,Expand
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Biological Accommodation in the Benthic Community at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica
Studies of the benthos between 30 and 60 m at Cape Armitage, McMurdo Sound. Antarctica, reveal an epifaunal community in which sponges and their asteroid and nudibranch predators predominate. FieldExpand
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Food webs : linkage, interaction strength and community infrastructure
It seems particularly opportune to discuss food webs and evolving views on their structure here for both their genesis and first modern treatment (Elton 1927) and much of their later development (MayExpand
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Intertidal Landscapes: Disturbance and the Dynamics of Pattern
The mussel Mytilus californianus is a competitive dominant on wave—swept rocky intertidal shores. Mussel beds may exist as extensive monocultures; more often they are an everchanging mosaic of manyExpand
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Compounded Perturbations Yield Ecological Surprises
ABSTRACT All species have evolved in the presence of disturbance, and thus are in a sense matched to the recurrence pattern of the perturbations. Consequently, disturbances within the typical range,Expand
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Intertidal community structure
SummaryAlong exposed rocky intertidal shorelines of western North America the mussel Mytilus californianus exists as a characteristic, well-defined band. Measurements at Mukkaw Bay and TatooshExpand
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A Note on Trophic Complexity and Community Stability
  • R. T. Paine
  • Biology
  • The American Naturalist
  • 1 January 1969
That "stability" is conferred approximately in proportion to the diversity of energy pathways characterizing any particular community is a widely held axiom among ecologists. As examples of thisExpand
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