Experimental Ecology: Issues and Perspectives

Paperback | November 15, 2001

EditorWilliam J. Resetarits, Joseph Bernardo

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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 acogent 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 waysexperiments 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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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 acogent statement about experimentalism as an a...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Contributors1. Earl E. Werner: Ecological Experiments and a Research Program in Community Ecology2. Arthur E. Dunham and Steven J. Beaupre: Ecological Experiments: Scale, Phenomenology, Mechanism, and the Illusion of Generality3. Peter J. Morin: Realism, Precision, and Generality in Experimental Ecology4. James H. Brown: The Desert Granivory Experiments at Portal5. Mathew S. Leibold and Alan J. Tessier: Experimental Compromise and Mechanistic Approaches to the Evolutionary Ecology of Interacting Daphnia Species6. Mary E. Power, William E. Dietrich, and Kathleen O. Sullivan: Experimentation, Observation, and Inference in River and Watershed Investigations7. William J. Resetarits Jr. and John E. Fauth: From Cattle Tanks to Carolina Bays: The Utility of Model Systems for Understanding Natural Communities8. Sally J. Holbrook and Russel J. Schmitt: Have Field Experiments Aided in the Understanding of Abundance and Dynamics of Temperate Reef Fishes?9. John H. Lawton: Ecological Experiments with Model Systems: The Ecotron Facility in Context10. Peter S. Petraitis: How Can We Compare the Importance of Ecological Processes If We Never Ask, "Compared to What?"11. David M. Lodge, Steven C. Blumenshine, and Yvonne Vadeboncoeur: Insights and Application of Large-Scale, Long-Term Ecological Observations and Experiments12. Sharon P. Lawler: Ecology in a Bottle: Using Microcosms to Test Theory13. Gary A. Polis et al.: The Interplay between Natural History and Field Experimentation14. Elizabeth A. Marschall and Bernadette M. Roche: Using Models to Enhance the Value of Information from Observations and Experiments15. J. A. Mongold: Experimental Approaches to Studying the Population Dynamics and Evolution of Microorganisms16. Barbara L. Peckarsky: The Dual Role of Experiments in Complex and Dynamic Natural Systems17. A. J. Underwood: Design, Implementation and Analysis of Ecological and Environmental Experiments: Pitfalls in the Maintenance of Logical Structures18. J. Timothy Wootton and Catherine A. Pfister: The Motivation for and Context of Experiments in Ecology19. Joseph Bernardo: The Logic, Value, and Necessity of Grounding Experiments in Reality: an Essential Link in the Inferential Chain Back to Nature20. John E. Fauth: Investigating Geographic Variation in Interactions Using Common Garden Experiments21. Robert J. Marquis and Christopher J. Whelan: Revelations and Limitations of the Experimental Approach for the Study of Plant-Animal Interactions22. Joseph Travis and David N. Reznick: Experimental Approaches to the Study of EvolutionIndex

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". . . .this book is a must read for experimentalists, aspiring or experienced. Here is the collective wisdom of a number of scientists who through trial and error have developed extremely successful research programs based heavily on inferences from experiments. . . .this volume promises toprovide an important contribution to increasing the nontechnical sophistication of experimentation within ecological research programs." --Copeia