Articles | Volume 15, issue 1
Web Ecol., 15, 43–44, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-15-43-2015

Special issue: Ecology at the Interface

Web Ecol., 15, 43–44, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-15-43-2015

Short communication 13 Nov 2015

Short communication | 13 Nov 2015

The rise of ecosystem ecology and its applications to environmental challenges

R. G. Woodmansee1 and S. R. Woodmanseea R. G. Woodmansee and S. R. Woodmansee
  • 1Natural Resource Ecology Lab., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA
  • aformerly at: School of Social Work, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA
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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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