Frontiers in Ecology, Evolution and Complexity

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Mariana Benítez, Octavio Miramontes, Alfonso Valiente-Banuet
CopIt ArXives, Jul 8, 2014 - 266 pages
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Advances in molecular biology, remote sensing, systems biology, bioinformatics, non-linear science, the physics of complex systems and other fields have rendered a great amount of data that remain to be integrated into models and theories that are capable of accounting for the complexity of ecological systems and the evolutionary dynamics of life. It is thus necessary to provide a solid basis to discuss and reflect on these and other challenges both at the local and global scales. This volume aims to delineate an integrative and interdisciplinary view that suggests new avenues in research and teaching, critically discusses the scope of the diverse methods in the study of complex systems, and points at key open questions. Finally, this book will provide students and specialists with a collection of high quality open access essays that will contribute to integrate Ecology, Evolution and Complexity in the context of basic research and in the field of Sustainability Sciences.

 

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Contents

Theframework
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Regional species pool and ecological connections
17
Nicheconservatismandphylogeneticcommunitystructure
18
The role of plantplant interactions in structuring communities
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ecological networks
21
Multipleecologicalprocessesactingsynergistically
22
Implications on biodiversity maintenance and sustainable development
23
Concludingremarks
25
R Medel C GonzalezBrowne C BottoMahan Flower complexity and fractals
31
Introduction
32
Methods
34
Results
35
Concludingremarks
36
Bibliography
37
lessons from a skeleton
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lessons from a skeleton
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Theskeletonoftheinteractionmatrix
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Understanding the dynamical properties from the skeleton
44
Bibliography
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E Ceccon I G Varassin Plantpollinator interactions in ecosystems restoration
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Introduction
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The role of anthropogenic perturbations in pollination
52
Climatechange
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Experimental studies on plantpollinator interactions in restoration
54
How to restore the pollination interactions in a degraded area?
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Bibliography
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Benıtez J Fornoni L GarcıaBarrios R Lopez Networks in agroecology
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multiscale nonlinear interactions
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Themilpaasamodelsysteminagroecology
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Dynamic network models in the study of agroecosystems
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Box1 Glossary
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Bibliography
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Christian Torres Instituto de Ciencias Fısicas Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico Mex
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unmasking hidden gene diversity in bacteria
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Bacterial Pangenomics
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Bibliography
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A E Escalante S Pajares The coming of age of microbial ecology
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Introduction
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Problematicdefinitionofspecies
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Useofatheoreticalframework
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The coming of age towards a predictive science
94
Bibliography
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J E Keymer P A Marquet The complexity of cancer ecosystems
101
Resumen
102
Metazoa as coherent multicellular ecosystems
104
Organs tissues as cellular networks building networks of patches
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TheemergenceofNeoplasticprogression
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Thedevelopmentofheterogeneoustumors
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Metastasis dispersal and invasion of secondary cell communities
111
Finalremarks
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Bibliography
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simple interactions ecology120 1 Abstract
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Introduction
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Computation Cellular Automata and Conways Game of Life
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SimpleRulesandPatternFormation
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Conclusions
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Bibliography
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Martorell NonLinearity in population ecology
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DarwinsLegacy
146
ImplicitAssumptionsinEvolution
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FromGenestoNetworks
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EvolutionarySystemsBiologyApproaches
151
Multicellular morphogenetic processes unfold naturally in the EL
152
Bibliography
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S Sandoval C Torres M P Garcıa M Aldana Criticality in gene networks
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Resumen
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Booleannetworksandcriticality
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WaddingtonEpigeneticlandscape
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Criticalityoftheattractorlandscape
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Evolution towards criticality
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Discussion
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Bibliography
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Garcıa E Azpeitia Multiscale modeling of dynamic systems for evolution
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Changing the paradigm multiscale modeling approaches
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Multiscale models of nonevolutionary biological processes
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Multiscale models of evolutionary processes
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Discussionandconclusions
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Bibliography
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evolutionary teachings from complex systems
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Resumen
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A case for Shellock Holmes
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selforganization complex systems and chaos
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ABCDEFGenes
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Theoraclespeaks
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Thesymphonyofflowers
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Coda
201
Bibliography
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EspinosaSoto Evolution of modularity
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The role of modularity in adaptive evolution
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Evolutionary scenarios for the origin of modularity
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Conclusion
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Bibliography
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developmental constrains
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DelimitingthepossibleinNature
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the limbs of tetrapods
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StructuralisminBiology
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The utility of monsters and the origins of order
222
Pattern formation in tetrapod limbs
224
Towardsastructuralistbiology
229
Bibliography
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new horizons
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Introduction
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Cooperationatthedawnoflife
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the past
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thefuture
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come and stay together
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Staytogethertheninteract
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Bibliography
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J A Capitan and S Manrubia The ecology of human linguistic groups
255
Introduction
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Linguistic and biological taxonomy
257
Diversityandlatitude
260
Population abundance and range sizes
262
Prospects
263
Bibliography
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 Mariana Benítez is a full-time researcher at the Ecology Institute of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City and a member of the Board of Directors at the Center for Complexity Sciences, C3-UNAM.  Octavio Miramontes is a full-time researcher at the Physics Institute of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City and a founding member of the Board of Directors at the Center for Complexity Sciences, C3-UNAM.  Alfonso Valiente-Banuet is a full-time researcher at the Ecology Institute of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City and an associate member of the Center for Complexity Sciences, C3-UNAM

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