Walter K. Dodds

in Laws, Theories, and Patterns in Ecology

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780520260405
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944541 | DOI:

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This chapter explores the ecological theories built from the proposed ecological laws. It focuses on theories influencing major subdisciplines of ecology starting with physiological ecology, then moving to populations, communities, and ecosystems. It discusses theories of evolution, nutrient cycling, community interaction, ecological stoichiometry, and ecological diffusion. It also considers some major predictions based on the theory and limits to prediction.

Keywords: theories; laws; ecology; evolution; nutrient cycling; community interaction; ecological stoichiometry; ecological diffusion; prediction

Chapter.  18130 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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