Articles | Volume 15, issue 1
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Short communication
13 Nov 2015
Short communication |  | 13 Nov 2015

The rise of ecosystem ecology and its applications to environmental challenges

R. G. Woodmansee and S. R. Woodmansee
Short summary
The state of “ecosystem” ecology before 1970 is discussed briefly with emphasis on development of a new paradigm – systems ecology. The philosophy and theory embedded in ecosystem science, the methodologies introduced for conducting research, and the development of a vast warehouse of knowledge as they developed after 1970 are explored. The discussion ends with the contributions of the new paradigm to current and future local- to global-scale environmental and societal problems and solutions.
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