Ecological Paradigms Lost
Routes of Theory Change
- Kim Cuddington, Ohio University, Department of Biological Sciences, Athens, U.S.A.
- Beatrix Beisner, University of Quebec at Montreal, Department of Biological Sciences, Canada
This edited volume in the Theoretical Ecology series addresses the historical development and evolution of theoretical ideas in the field of ecology. Not only does it recount the history of the discipline by practitioners of the science of ecology, it includes commentary on these historical reflections by philosophers of science. Even though the theories discussed are, in many cases, are at the forefront of research, the language and approach make this material accessible to non-theoreticians. The book is structured in 5 major sections including population ecology, epidemiology, community ecology, evolutionary biology and ecosystem ecology. In each section a chapter by an eminent, experienced ecologist is complemented by analysis from a newer, cutting-edge researcher.
practicing ecologists, to philosophers of science, and to anyone interested in the history of ecology