From Balance of Nature to Hierarchical Patch Dynamics : A Paradigm Shift in Ecology

@inproceedings{Wu2010FromBO,
  title={From Balance of Nature to Hierarchical Patch Dynamics : A Paradigm Shift in Ecology},
  author={Jianguo Wu and Orie L. Loucks},
  year={2010}
}
A common assumption historically in ecology is evident in the term "balance of nature. " The phrase usually implies that undisturbed nature is ordered and harmonious, and that ecological systems return to a previous equilibrium after disturbances. The more recent concepts of point equilibrium and static stability, which characterize the classical equilibrium paradigm in ecology, are traceable tothe assumptions implicit n "balance of nature. " The classical equilibrium view, however, has failed… CONTINUE READING
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