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The Importance of Species:
Perspectives on Expendability and Triage
Edited by Peter Kareiva & Simon A. Levin

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Contributors ix
Preface xiii
Foreword xv
Part I: USING EXPERIMENTAL REMOVALS OF SPECIES TO REVEAL THE CONSEQUENCES OF BIODIVERSITY DEPLETION P. Kareiva and S. A. Levin 1
1. Native Thistles: Expendable or Integral to Ecosystem Resistance to Invasion? S. M. Louda and T. A. Rand 5
2. The Overriding Importance of Environmental Context in Determining the Outcome of Species-Deletion Experiments B. A. Menge 16
3. Species Importance and Context: Spatial and Temporal Variation in Species Interactions C.D.G. Harley 44
4. Effects of Removing a Vertebrate versus an Invertebrate Predator on a Food Web, and What Is Their Relative Importance? T. W. Schoener and D. A. Spiller 69
5. Understanding the Effects of Reduced Biodiversity: A Comparison of Two Approaches J. T. Wootton and A. L. Downing 85
Part II: THE ANTHROPOGENIC PERSPECTIVE P. Kareiva and S. A. Levin 105
6. Models of Ecosystem Reliability and Their Implications for the Question of Expendability S. Naeem 109
7. Predicting the Effects of Species Loss on Community Stability D. Doak and M. Marvier 140
8. One Fish, Two Fish, Old Fish, New Fish: Which Invasions Matter? J. L. Ruesink 161
9. Ecological Gambling: Expendable Extinctions Versus Acceptable Invasions M. J. Wonham 179
10. Rarity and Functional Importance in a Phytoplankton Community D. E. Schindler, G. C. Chang, S. Lubetkin, S.E.B. Abella, and W. T. Edmondson 206
11. Community and Ecosystem Impacts of Single-Species Extinctions D. Simberloff 221
Part III: LINKAGES AND EXTERNALITIES P. Kareiva and S. A. Levin 235
12. Social Conflict, Biological Ignorance, and Trying to Agree Which Species Are Expendable E. G. Leigh Jr. 239
13. Which Mutualists Are Most Essential? Buffering of Plant Reproduction against the Extinction of Pollinators W. F. Morris 260
14. The Expendability of Species: A Test Case Based on the Caterpillars on Goldenrods R. B. Root 281
15. An Evolutionary Perspective on the Importance of Species: Why Ecologists Care about Evolution S. R. Palumbi 292
16. Recovering Species of Conservation Concern-Are Populations Expendable? M. Ruckelshaus, P. McElhany, and M. J. Ford 305
17. Virus Specificity in Disease Systems: Are Species Redundant? A. G. Power and A. S. Flecker 330
Conclusion P. Kareiva and S. A. Levin 347
References 353
Index 415

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