Dimensional approaches to scaling experimental ecosystems: designing mousetraps to catch elephants.

@article{Petersen2001DimensionalAT,
  title={Dimensional approaches to scaling experimental ecosystems: designing mousetraps to catch elephants.},
  author={John E. Petersen and Alan Hastings},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2001},
  volume={157 3},
  pages={324-33}
}
Enclosed experimental ecosystems (mesocosms) are small relative to their natural counterparts, are typically operated for short durations relative to the timescales of a number of important ecological processes, and also often have reduced biological and physical complexity relative to nature. These reductions in time, space, and complexity scales have been cited as sources of unrealistic ecological behavior within mesocosms and raise questions about extrapolating results from mesocosms to… CONTINUE READING

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