Critics of the ecosystem concept have noted the tendency of ecosystem-based studies to overemphasize energy flow, to rely on functionalist assumptions, to neglect historical and evolutionary factors, and to overlook the role of individuals as the locus of natural selection and decision making. In this volume, leading figures in the study of biological and human ecology evaluate these criticisms and propose ways to advance the state of knowledge in ecological research.
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PART 1 ASSESSMENT OF PAST AND PRESENT APPROACHES, PART 2 NEW DIRECTIONS IN RESOLVING THE PROBLEM OF TIME AND OF BOUNDARY DEFINITION IN ECOSYSTEMS PART, 3 NEW DIRECTIONS IN RESOLVING THE PROBLEMS OF HIERARCHICAL LEVEL, SCALE, AND DATA COLLECTION
Emilio F. Moran is James H. Rudy Professor of Anthropology; director of the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change; and co-director of the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change at Indiana University. Professor Moran was the first anthropologist to be awarded the Robert McC Netting Award (2002) by the Cultural Ecology Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.