HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
New book urges ecologists to think 'outside the helmet'

uito larvae, dry during drought years, drastically reducing mosquito predators-- from fish to water beetles--and competitor species such as snails, tadpoles, and zooplankton.

Ecology presumes that for species to live in the same environment, species have to be different. But the traditional niche theory cannot explain the diversity of tropical rain forests or coral reefs, where hundreds of species appear to be essentially the same.

"Beyond variability and abiotic effects, scale has to be incorporated in this new synthetic niche theory that we propose" Chase said. "We need to look at the world from a macroscope instead of a microscope, from an airplane instead of looking up in a forest. Part of the problem that ecologists have had is we're looking at systems that occur on timescales larger than our own. It's hard to understand the factors that influence forest diversity when the changes are occurring over hundreds to thousands of years

The next millennium will see continued changes in global climate, species extinctions, and invasive species along with the burgeoning human population encroaching on almost all natural areas. "We think ecology is poised to be one of the most important of the biological disciplines", Chase said. "What we hope the book will do is create a synthetic framework that can traverse across scales of ecology and provide a solid foundation for future studies".


'"/>

Contact: Tony Fitzpatrick
tony_fitzpatrick@wustl.edu
314-935-5272
Washington University in St. Louis
13-Apr-2004


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. AAAS urges US to give scientists a voice in research misconduct cases
2. As obesity skyrockets, Joslin Diabetes Center urges action to stem the tide of type 2 diabetes
3. Tourism to Earths most threatened areas surges by over 100 percent in last decade
4. American Dietetic Association urges Congress to increase the role of nutrition education in schools
5. AAAS urges opposition to intelligent design theory within U.S. science classes
6. Leading cancer research organization urges FDA to speed approval of drugs for precancers
7. ASPB urges opposition to mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods in Oregon
8. Citing human obligation, AAAS CEO urges U.S.-Cuban collaboration
9. AAAS urges immediate public release of sources of embryonic stem cell lines
10. AAAS urges President Bush to fund stem-cell research
11. AAAS urges President Bush to fund stem-cell research

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: New book urges ecologists think outside the helmet

(Date:4/17/2014)... Clemson professor Rajendra Singh Thursday as a "Champion ... expand solar deployment in the residential, commercial and ... Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director ... a local hero leading the charge across the ... solar power and driving policy changes at the ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... on a novel method to help kidney stone ... effective treatment possible., Kidney stones represent a major ... If left untreated, apart from being particularly painful, ... complications. In many patients treated successfully, stone recurrence ... pathological approach to diagnosis and treatment needs to ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... researchers have detected new early-warning signs of the potential ... have far-reaching implications for the diagnosis and treatment of ... million Americans. , "We had not expected to see ... stages," said Ann Elsner, professor and associate dean in ... the study. "We set out to study the early ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):White House honors Clemson professor as 'Champion of Change' for solar deployment 2New technique detects microscopic diabetes-related eye damage 2New technique detects microscopic diabetes-related eye damage 3
(Date:1/15/2014)... 15, 2014 Two champions of science, ... sponsorship of an annual competition for middle and high ... to, innovative STEM study. The competition presents students with ... of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Sciences is a ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... Freeslate, Inc ., the leading provider of ... one of India’s top five pharmaceutical companies, has received ... for high throughput solid form screening. , Lupin, ... range of quality, affordable generic and branded formulations and ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... 2014 Carahsoft and CDS Federal Services ... 2014 at 2pm EST (11am PST), “Natural Language Processing: ... on how technology can turn raw, heterogeneous data into ... agencies. The online webinar will last approximately one hour. ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... 2014 EquitiesIQ, a leading informational research ... Alliqua is an emerging biomedical company acquiring, developing, manufacturing, ... market. , Free report download: http://equitiesiq.com/reports/alliqua/ , ... management team and Board, which launched the company’s new ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 2Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 3Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 4Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 5Lupin Selects Freeslate’s CM Protégé PharmD System to Accelerate Polymorph Screening for Drug Development 2Lupin Selects Freeslate’s CM Protégé PharmD System to Accelerate Polymorph Screening for Drug Development 3Webcast - Natural Language Processing: Converting Raw Data into Actionable Knowledge – Hosted by Carahsoft and CDS Federal Services 2EquitiesIQ Initiates Coverage of Alliqua, Inc. 2EquitiesIQ Initiates Coverage of Alliqua, Inc. 3
Cached News: