Experimental Ecology: Issues and Perspectives

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William J. Resetarits, Joseph Bernardo
Oxford University Press, 2001 - Science - 470 pages
Experimentation is a dominant approach in contemporary ecological research, pervading studies at all levels of biological organization and across diverse taxa and habitats. Experimental Ecology assembles an eminent group of ecologists who synthesize insights from these varied sources into a cogent statement about experimentalism as an analytical paradigm, placing experimentation within the larger framework of ecological investigation. The book discusses diverse experimental approaches ranging from laboratory microcosms to manipulation of entire ecosystem, illustrating the myriad ways experiments strengthen ecological inference. Experimental ecologists critique their science to move the field forward on all fronts: from better designs, to better links between experiments and theory, to more realism in experiments targeted at specific systems and questions.
 

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Contents

Scale Phenomenology Mechanism and the Illusion
27
Realism Precision and Generality in Experimental Ecology
50
The Desert Granivory Experiments at Portal
71
Experimental Compromise and Mechanistic Approaches to the Evolutionary
96
Experimentation Observation and Inference in River and Watershed
113
The Utility of Model Systems
133
Have Field Experiments Aided in the Understanding of Abundance and Dynamics
152
The Ecotron Facility
170
Using Models to Enhance the Value of Information from Observations
281
Experimental Approaches to Studying the Population Dynamics and Evolution
298
The Dual Role of Experiments in Complex and Dynamic Natural Systems
311
Design Implementation and Analysis of Ecological and Environmental
325
The Motivation for and Context of Experiments in Ecology
350
an Essential
370
Investigating Geographic Variation in Interactions Using Common Garden
394
Revelations and Limitations of the Experimental Approach for the Study
416

How Can We Compare the Importance of Ecological Processes If We Never Ask
183
Insights and Application of LargeScale LongTerm Ecological Observations
202
Using Microcosms to Test Theory
236
The Interplay between Natural History and Field Experimentation
254
Experimental Approaches to the Study of Evolution
437
Index
461
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William J. Resetarits, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Old Dominion University. Joseph Bernardo, Department of Biological Sciences, East Tennessee State University.

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