[Does population ecology have general laws?].

@article{Turchin2002DoesPE,
  title={[Does population ecology have general laws?].},
  author={Peter Turchin},
  journal={Zhurnal obshchei biologii},
  year={2002},
  volume={63 1},
  pages={
          3-14
        }
}
  • P. Turchin
  • Published 1 July 2001
  • Mathematics
  • Zhurnal obshchei biologii
There is a widespread opinion among ecologists that ecology lacks general laws. In this paper the author argues that this opinion is mistaken. Taking the case of population dynamics, the author points out that there are several very general law-like propositions that provide the theoretical basis for most population dynamics models that were developed to address specific issues. Some of these foundational principles, like the law of exponential growth, are logically very similar to certain law… 
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