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Comparative analyses of ecosystems: patterns, mechanisms, and theories

By: Cole, J.
Contributor(s): Lovett, G | Findlay, S., (editors).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Springer-Verlag 1991Description: xvi,375p.Subject(s): Benthos | Biology | Book | Chemistry | General ecology | Marine and estuarine pollution | Plankton | SYMPOSIUMSummary: Twenty four papers, arising from the Cary Conference held in Millbrook, New York in 1989, investigate the utility and limitations of cross-system comparison in ecology. Among the topics explored are methodological and philosophical difficulties in using a comparative approach, productivity and trophic structure in aquatic and terrestrial systems, cross-system comparisons of stress and disturbance, comparison of biogeochemical cycles, comparing tropical and temperate forest ecosystems, feedbacks between consumers and their resources and improving use of existing data.
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Twenty four papers, arising from the Cary Conference held in Millbrook, New York in 1989, investigate the utility and limitations of cross-system comparison in ecology. Among the topics explored are methodological and philosophical difficulties in using a comparative approach, productivity and trophic structure in aquatic and terrestrial systems, cross-system comparisons of stress and disturbance, comparison of biogeochemical cycles, comparing tropical and temperate forest ecosystems, feedbacks between consumers and their resources and improving use of existing data.

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