Evaluating Alternative Explanations in Ecosystem Experiments

@article{Carpenter1998EvaluatingAE,
  title={Evaluating Alternative Explanations in Ecosystem Experiments},
  author={Stephen R. Carpenter and Jonathan J. Cole and Timothy E. Essington and James R. Hodgson and Jeffrey N Houser and James F. Kitchell and Michael L. Pace},
  journal={Ecosystems},
  year={1998},
  volume={1},
  pages={335-344}
}
ABSTRACT Unreplicated ecosystem experiments can be analyzed by diverse statistical methods. Most of these methods focus on the null hypothesis that there is no response of a given ecosystem to a manipulation. We suggest that it is often more productive to compare diverse alternative explanations (models) for the observations. An example is presented using whole-lake experiments. When a single experimental lake was examined, we could not detect effects of phosphorus (P) input rate, dissolved… 
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