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Main Title Ecological orbits : how planets move and populations grow /
Author Ginzburg, Lev R.
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Colyvan, Mark.
Publisher Oxford University Press,
Year Published 2004
OCLC Number 52071774
ISBN 019516816X; 9780195168167
Subjects Population biology. ; Ecology. ; Population Dynamics. ; Populatiedynamica. ; Theorievorming. ; Demèokologie ; Modell ; Populationsdynamik ; Demèokologie.--(DE-588)4149059-9 ; Modell.--(DE-588)4039798-1 ; Populationsdynamik.--(DE-588)4046803-3
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ELBM  QH352.G55 2004 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 01/04/2010
Collation xv, 166 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-160) and index.
Contents Notes
On earth as it is in the heavens -- Does ecology have laws? -- Equilibrium and accelerated death -- The maternal effect hypothesis -- Predator-prey interactions and the period of cycling -- Inertial growth -- Practical consequences -- Shadows on the wall. "Most people assume that the dramatic failures in managing natural populations are due to human greed and shortsighted government policies. In their new book Ecological Orbits, Ginzburg and Colyvan suggest that the problem is not in ourselves, but rather in our theories about how populations behave. The authors argue that the inertial behavior of biological populations (to grow exponentially unless something restrains them) leads to theories about ecology that are profoundly different from those currently taught to biologists. The misunderstanding by biologists of this inertial behavior is what may have led to the collapse of fisheries around the world, ineffectiveness of game management, and inability to control pest outbreaks. Good ecological theory has to properly account for inertia of biological populations."--Jacket.