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Patterns, Questions, and Predictions

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520260405.003.0004
Patterns, Questions, and Predictions

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This chapter presents some questions leading to patterns that can be used for predictive ecological science. It describes the utility of empirical and mechanistic models, neutral models, and natural history in predictive ecology. The questions of scaling and fractal approaches to ecology are also related to how scientists can deal with spatial and temporal scales across which organisms operate. Finally, it addresses some questions related to patterns in community ecology.

Keywords: empirical models; mechanistic models; neutral models; natural history; predictive ecology; scaling; fractal approaches; community ecology

Chapter.  12949 words. 

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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