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Ecological paradigms lost : routes of theory change

Publisher: Burlington, MA : Elsevier Academic Press, ©2005.
Series: Theoretical ecology series
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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This edited volume in the Theoretical Ecology series addresses the historical development and evolution of theoretical ideas in the field of ecology. Not only does it recount the history of the discipline by practitioners of the science of ecology, it includes commentary on these historical reflections by philosophers of science. Even though the theories discussed are, in many cases, are at the forefront of  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
ISBN: 9780120884599 0120884593
OCLC Number: 731720080
Description: 1 online resource (Online-Datei.).
Contents: 1. Why a History of Ecology: An Introduction --
Beatrix E. Beisner and Kim Cuddington --
Part I --
POPULATION ECOLOGY --
2. Unstructured Models in Ecology: Past, Present and Future --
3. Unstructured population models: Do population-level assumptions yield general theory? --
4. The Structure of Population Ecology: Philosophical Reflections on Unstructured and Structured Models --
Part II --
EPIDEMIOLOGICAL ECOLOGY --
5. The Law of Mass Action in Epidemiology: A Historical Perspective --
6. Extensions to Mass Action Mixing --
7. Mass Action and System Analysis of Infection Transmission --
Part III --
COMMUNITY ECOLOGY --
8. Community Diversity and Stability: Changing Perspectives and Changing Definitions --
9. Perspectives on Diversity, Structure and Stability --
10. Diversity and Stability: Theories, Models and Data --
Part IV --
EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY --
11. On the Integration of Community Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Historical Perspectives and Current Prospects --
12. Modeling the ecological context of evolutionary change: ďj̉ vu or something new? --
13. The Elusive Synthesis --
Part V --
ECOSYSTEM ECOLOGY --
14. The Loss of Narrative --
15. Ecological Management: Control, Uncertainty and Understanding --
16. Is Ecosystem Management a Postmodern Science? --
Kevin de Laplante --
Part VI --
CONCLUSION --
17. Kuhnian Paradigms Lost: Embracing the pluralism of ecological theory. Why a history of ecology? : an introduction / Beatrix E. Beisner and Kim Cuddington --
Unstructured models in ecology : past, present, and future/ Alan Hastings --
Unstructured population models : do population-level assumptions yield general theory? / André M. De Roos and Lennart Persson --
The "structure" of population ecology : philosophical reflections on unstructured and structured models / Jay Odenbaugh --
The law of mass-action in epidemiology : a historical perspective / Hans Heesterbeek --
Extensions to mass-action mixing / Matt J. Keeling --
Mass-action and system analysis of infection transmission / James S. Koopman --
Community diversity and stability : changing perspectives and changing definitions / Anthony R. Ives --
Perspectives on diversity, structure, and stability / Kevin S. McCann --
Diversity and stability : theories, models, and data / David Castle --
Ecology's legacy from Robert MacArthur / Eric R. Pianka and Henry S. Horn --
On the integration of community ecology and evolutionary biology : historical perspectives and current prospects / Robert D. Holt --
Modelling the ecological context of evolutionary change : déjà vu or something new? / Troy Day --
The elusive synthesis / Kim Sterelny --
The loss of narrative / T.F.H. Allen, A.J. Zellmer, and C.J. Wuennenberg --
Ecological management : control, uncertainty, and understanding / Garry D. Peterson --
Is ecosystem management a postmodern science? / Kevin de Laplante --
Kuhnian paradigms lost : embracing the pluralism of ecological theory / Kim Cuddington and Beatrix E. Beisner.
Series Title: Theoretical ecology series
Responsibility: [editors] Kim Cuddington, Beatrix E. Beisner.

Abstract:

This edited volume in the Theoretical Ecology series addresses the historical development and evolution of theoretical ideas in the field of ecology. Not only does it recount the history of the discipline by practitioners of the science of ecology, it includes commentary on these historical reflections by philosophers of science. Even though the theories discussed are, in many cases, are at the forefront of research, the language and approach make this material accessible to non-theoreticians. The book is structured in 5 major sections including population ecology, epidemiology, community ecology, evolutionary biology and ecosystem ecology. In each section a chapter by an eminent, experienced ecologist is complemented by analysis from a newer, cutting-edge researcher. * Reflection on the past and future of ecology * A historical overview of major ideas in the field of ecology * Pairing of historical views by ecologists along with a philosophical commentary directed at the practicing scientists's views by a philosopher of science. * Historical analysis by practicing ecologists including anectodal experiences that are rarely recorded. * Based on a very popular symposium at the 2002 Ecological Society of America annual meeting in Tucson, AZ.

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