Valuing Common Species

  title={Valuing Common Species},
  author={Kevin J. Gaston},
  pages={154 - 155}
  • K. Gaston
  • Published 2010
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
Ecologically common species play key roles in terrestrial and marine ecosystems, yet are also the main victims of habitat loss, ecosystem degradation, and overexploitation. Aldo Leopold's dictum that “To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering” (1) has been oft repeated in the context of environmental management. The argument is beguilingly simple. In the absence of a detailed understanding of what each species does in an ecosystem, it would be foolish to allow… Expand
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