Chapter

The Model as Monster

David L. Strayer

in Freshwater Mussel Ecology

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255265
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942523 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255265.003.0001
The Model as Monster

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This chapter considers what would be required to build a mechanistic understanding of one specific ecological problem: that of predicting the distribution and abundance of freshwater unionoid mussels. It then assesses the feasibility of this enterprise. It details the three important ways our current understanding of unionoid ecology is inadequate. It sets out the main purposes of the book, which are to assess the feasibility of producing a theory to predict the distribution and abundance of unionoid mussels and, to the extent possible, rough in parts of that theory.

Keywords: freshwater unionoid mussels; distsribution; abundance; unionoid ecology

Chapter.  1369 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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