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Retrospection and Review

J. A. ESTES, D. P. DEMASTER, R. L. BROWNELL JR, D. F. DOAK and T. M. WILLIAMS

in Whales, Whaling, and Ocean Ecosystems

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780520248847
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933200 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520248847.003.0031
Retrospection and Review

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This chapter reviews the book's content, written with the intent of revisiting initial goals, assessing the degree to which the book has succeeded in achieving these goals, and providing some direction for future research on the central question underlying this volume: How did whales and whaling influence the dynamics of ocean ecosystems? The chapter begins by reiterating both the reasons for wondering about the influences of whales and whaling, and the approach to addressing the question. The reasons for asking about the ecological effects of whales and whaling were logical and multifaceted. The conceptual structure emerged in two forms. One of these arose from the ways people imagined that whales influenced ecosystem-level processes: as predators, as prey, and as detritus. The other arose from the different approaches people take in practicing science: as theory and broad concepts, as the interface across academic disciplines, and as case studies.

Keywords: ocean ecosystems; whaling; conservation; whales; whale detritus; whale predation

Chapter.  5340 words. 

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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