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What Have We Learned from Serpentine in Evolution, Ecology, and Other Sciences?

Susan Harrison and Nishanta Rajakaruna

in Serpentine

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268357
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948457 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268357.003.0019
What Have We Learned from Serpentine in Evolution, Ecology, and Other Sciences?

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This chapter reviews some of the most provocative conclusions from the foregoing chapters. These examples, though not exhaustive, illustrate the wealth of general scientific understanding that has come from studying serpentine ecosystems. If this book provides inspiration for future collaborations between disparate workers—earth and life scientists, evolutionary biologists and gene-free ecologists, naturalists and theoreticians, basic scientists, and those who aim to save the world—then serpentine will have served as a good model system for the excitement and synergy that comes from crossing sharp boundaries.

Keywords: serpentine ecosystems; model system; collaboration

Chapter.  4300 words. 

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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