Chapter

Is a Comprehensive Model Possible?

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/9780520255265.003.0010
Is a Comprehensive Model Possible?

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This chapter contends that neither of the three popular approaches to integration, as currently practiced by ecologists, is likely to lead to a satisfactory predictive understanding of unionoid distribution and abundance. It suggests that a successful research program will contain four key elements: clear definition of goals and needs; regular and rigorous testing of models; addition of complexity deliberately and only as needed; and the production of a series of models with limited domains instead of a Grand Unifying Theory. It presents examples of models to demonstrate how one might build models of unionoid distribution and abundance.

Keywords: mussel population; unionoid population; population modeling; population models

Chapter.  4816 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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