Academic Readings

The following pages in the Ecoplexity site are related to Academic/Journal Readings:

Biological Diversity

In the broadest sense, biodiversity encompasses all the variety of life forms on Earth. Humans rely upon the earth's biodiversity resources for food, fiber, fuel, building materials, medicine, and technological advances.

In the broadest sense, biodiversity encompasses all the variety of life forms on Earth. Humans rely upon the earth's biodiversity resources for food, fiber, fuel, building materials, medicine, and technological advances.

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Community Structure, Population Control, and Competition

Click below to download a scientific journal article by Hairston et al. (1960), titled Community Structure, Population Control, and Competition.

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Complexity

Ecological complexity depends upon species diversity and the structure of species interactions. Complex ecosystems are hierarchically controlled, characterized by non-linear feedback loops, and exhibit patterns that can be observed over many different spatial and temporal scales.

Ecological complexity depends upon species diversity and the structure of species interactions. Complex ecosystems are hierarchically controlled, characterized by non-linear feedback loops, and exhibit patterns that can be observed over many different spatial and temporal scales.

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Effects of Forest Cutting and Herbicide Treatment on Nutrient Budgets in the Hubbard Brook Watershed-Ecosystem

Click below to download a scientific journal article by Lickens et al. (1970), titled Effects of Forest Cutting and Herbicide Treatment on Nutrient Budgets in the Hubbard Brook Watershed-Ecosystem.

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Experimentation

How are experiments central to ecology?
Science attempts to provide the best possible picture of what is going on behind the phenomena. It describes the unseen components of the problem. Theories are the accounts of the underlying composition or unseen causes; they speak about things beyond the evidence.

How are experiments central to ecology?
Science attempts to provide the best possible picture of what is going on behind the phenomena. It describes the unseen components of the problem. Theories are the accounts of the underlying composition or unseen causes; they speak about things beyond the evidence.

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Feedback in the Plant Soil System

Click below to download the scientific journal article by Ehrenfeld et al. (2005), titled Feedback in the Plant Soil System.

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Linking Optimal Foraging Behavior to Bird Community Structure in an Urban-Desert Landscape

Click below to download the scientific journal article titled Linking Optimal Foraging Behavior to Bird Community Structure in an Urban-Desert Landscape: Field Experiments with Artificial Food Patches.

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