Ecology: Functions, Patterns, and Evolution

Authored by: Fernando Valladares

Encyclopedia of Natural Resources

Print publication date:  July  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9781439852583
eBook ISBN: 9781351043847
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-ENRL-120010498

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Abstract

Ecology is the study of living organisms and their environment in an attempt to explain and predict. The objectives of ecology in general and of functional ecology in particular are to develop predictive theories and to assemble the data to develop general models. Functional ecology is concerned with the links between structure and function, the existence of general patterns among species, and the evolutionary connections among these patterns.

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