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MEPS 512:1-7 (2014)  -  DOI:

Trophodynamics in marine ecology: 70 years after Lindeman

Simone Libralato1,*, Fabio Pranovi2, Konstantinos I. Stergiou3,4, Jason S. Link

1Section Oceanography, OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale), Dept. Oceanography, Borgo Grotta Gigante 42/c, 34010 Sgonico (TS), Italy
2Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics. University Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Castello 2737/b,
30122 Venice, Italy
3Laboratory of Ichthyology, Department of Zoology, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, BOX 134,
54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
4Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Aghios Kosmas,
16604 Athens, Greece
5National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, 166 Water St., Woods Hole, MA 02543, USA
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ABSTRACT: The seminal work of Lindeman (1942), ‘The trophic-dynamic aspect of ecology’ (Ecology 23:399), has been an important starting point for the holistic view of ecosystem trophodynamics, but it was initially seldom applied to marine ecosystems. Over the past 70 years, research on marine trophodynamics has become more widespread, producing a variety of analytical methods, and increasing our understanding of marine ecosystem functioning. Yet difficulties remain in transforming this body of knowledge into operational management of marine ecosystems and marine resources. This Theme Section on ‘Trophodynamics in marine ecology’ documents recent advances and lessons learned over the past 70 years, and provides an opportunity to reflect on future directions for marine research.

KEY WORDS: Trophodynamics · Food webs · Food chains · Ecosystem indicators · Trophic level · Food web models

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Cite this article as: Libralato S, Pranovi F, Stergiou KI, Link J (2014) Trophodynamics in marine ecology: 70 years after Lindeman. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 512:1-7.

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