Trends in Ecological Research for the 1980s June H Cooley

ISBN: 9781468449006

Published: March 7th 2012

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344 pages


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Trends in Ecological Research for the 1980s  by  June H Cooley

Trends in Ecological Research for the 1980s by June H Cooley
March 7th 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 344 pages | ISBN: 9781468449006 | 4.22 Mb

Is ecology at a crossroad? After three decades of rapid, though somewhat anarchic development, many ecologists now are beginning to ask this question. They have the feeling of no longer belonging to a unified and mature scientific discipline. Many ofMoreIs ecology at a crossroad? After three decades of rapid, though somewhat anarchic development, many ecologists now are beginning to ask this question.

They have the feeling of no longer belonging to a unified and mature scientific discipline. Many of them claim to be mere empiricists, whereas others are proud to be considered theoreticians. Each side has its own journals and holds its own specialists meetings, tending to disregard the achievements of the other. The communication gap between the two schools is quickly widening, to the detriment of both. To make things worse, the word ecology now has a different meaning for the professional biologists and the general public.

Ecology is still considered as a creditable (though rather soft) scientific discipline by the former, whereas it is perceived as a new, non-conformist political philosophy by the latter. Empirical ecologists are fundamentally naturalists who enjoy the immense complexity of the natural world and devote their lifetimes to the description of the many adaptive characteristics--morpholog ical, biological, or behavioral--of the hundreds of thousands of species sharing the earth with us.

They generally are ignorant of, if not allergic to, the use of any mathematical representation of living phenomena. They feel that ecological theory is rapidly becoming a mathematical game that has lost any contact with the realities of life.



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