Frontiers in Ecology, Evolution and Complexity
by Mariana Benítez, Octavio Miramontes & Alfonso Valiente-Banuet

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Editors: Mariana Benítez, Octavio Miramontes and Alfonso Valiente-Banuet

Prologue by Stuart A. Kauffman

Published: 2014

Systems biology, complex systems, theoretical ecology, biogeography, biodiversity, non-linear science, evolution, social evolution, modularity, complex networks, ecosytem restoration, agroecology, pangenomics, microbiology, linguistics, cancer ecosystems, population ecology, cooperation, chaos, criticality, self-organization.


Trends in Science Series
Cat: TS0012EN
ISBN: 978-1-938128-05-9
DOI: 10.13140/2.1.3757.2805
In co-Edition with EditoraC3


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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.

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.

Separate chapters
Book authors

Stuart A. Kauffman

Mariana Benitez, Octavio Miramontes and Alfonso Valiente-Banuet

Geographic patterns of biodiversity
Fabricio Villalobos and Thiago F. Rangel
Plant community ecology
Alfonso Valiente-Banuet, Elia Ramírez-Arriaga, Miguel Verdú and Alicia Montesinos-Navarro
Ecological consequences of flower complexity 
Rodrigo Medel, Catalina González-Browne and Carezza Botto-Mahan
Community dynamics: lessons from a skeleton
Julio M. Alcántara and Pedro J. Rey
Plant-pollinator interactions in ecosystems restoration
Eliane Ceccon and Isabela G. Varassin
Networks in agroecology
Mariana Benítez, Juan Fornoni, Luis García-Barrios and Rafael López
Pan-genomics: unmasking hidden gene diversity in bacteria
Luis D. Alcaraz
The coming of age of microbial ecology
Ana E. Escalante and Silvia Pajares
The complexity of cancer ecosystems
Juan E. Keymer and Pablo A. Marquet
Simple interactions ecology
Lorena Caballero, Germinal Cocho and Sergio Hernández
Non-Linearity in population ecology 
Carlos Martorell
Randomness in biology 
Pedro Miramontes
Bridging the genotype and the phenotype
José Davila-Velderrain and Elena R. Alvarez-Buylla
Critical dynamics in gene regulatory networks
Santiago Sandoval Motta, Christian Torres Sosa, Mayra Patricia García Alcalá and Maximino Aldana
Multi-scale modeling of dynamic systems for evolution
Mónica García and Eugenio Azpeitia
A sound of flower: evolutionary teachings from complex systems 
Álvaro Chaos
Evolution of modularity 
Carlos Espinosa Soto
Evolution and complexity: developmental constrains 
Bartolo Luque and Jordi Bascompte
Social evolution: new horizons 
Octavio Miramontes and Og DeSouza
The ecology of human linguistic groups
José A. Capitán and Susanna Manrubia
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