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The Meaning of Extinction: Catastrophe, Equilibrium, and Diversity

David Sepkoski

in Catastrophic Thinking: Extinction and the Value of Diversity from Darwin to the Anthropocene

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226348612
eISBN:
9780226354613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226354613.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter begins the story by exploring how the idea of extinction emerged as a biological concept in the nineteenth century. Despite the current ubiquity of the term, extinction challenged ... More


Roots of Ecology: Antiquity to Haeckel

Frank N. Egerton

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780520271746
eISBN:
9780520953635
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520271746.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

Roots of Ecologytraces the history of ideas and observations about ecology from Plato and Aristotle down to Ernst Haeckel, who named and defined ecology in 1866. The earliest ecological idea was the ... More


Greeks and Romans: Antiquity

Frank N. Egerton

in Roots of Ecology: Antiquity to Haeckel

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780520271746
eISBN:
9780520953635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520271746.003.0001
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

Greeks first sought rational explanations of nature and rejected mythological explanations. Their earliest natural philosophy was simplistic, but their process of conjecture and refutation enabled ... More


Moose in the Wilderness: The Instability of Populations

Daniel B. Botkin

in The Moon in the Nautilus Shell: Discordant Harmonies Reconsidered

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199913916
eISBN:
9780190267919
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199913916.003.0003
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

This chapter focuses on the moose and their wilderness ecosystem at Isle Royale, an island of the Great Lakes located in the northwest of Lake Superior. It first considers the migration of moose ... More


Non-equilibrium dynamics

Cang Hui and David M. Richardson

in Invasion Dynamics

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780198745334
eISBN:
9780191807046
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745334.003.0005
Subject:
Biology, Ecology, Biomathematics / Statistics and Data Analysis / Complexity Studies

The non-equilibrium dynamics of biological invasions has revived the debate on the balance of nature and mechanisms for population regulation. Invasive species in novel environments, whether ... More


Within the Moose’s Stomach: Nature as the Biosphere

Daniel B. Botkin

in The Moon in the Nautilus Shell: Discordant Harmonies Reconsidered

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199913916
eISBN:
9780190267919
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199913916.003.0009
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

This chapter examines the view that considers nature as a biosphere by focusing on the moose and their wilderness ecosystem at Isle Royale, an island of the Great Lakes, as well as their symbiotic ... More


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