Method in Ecology: Strategies for Conservation

Method in Ecology: Strategies for Conservation

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Kristin S. Shrader-Frechette, Earl D. McCoy
Cambridge University Press, 9/30/1993
EAN 9780521418614, ISBN10: 0521418615

Hardcover, 344 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
Language: English

In this volume, the authors discuss what practical contributions ecology can and can't make in applied science and environmental problem solving. In the first section, they discuss conceptual problems that have often prevented the formulation and evaluation of powerful, precise, general theories, explain why island biogeography is still beset with controversy and examine the ways in which science is value laden. In the second section, they describe how ecology can give us specific answers to practical environmental questions posed in individual case studies, and argue for a new way to look at scientific error. A case study using the Florida panther is examined in the light of these findings. They end by suggesting a bright future for the important, but relatively undeveloped task of applying ecology to practical environmental problem solving.

1. Introduction
what ecology can't do
2. Ecological concepts are problematic
3. Ecological theory is problematic
4. Ecological science is value laden
5. What ecology can do
6. Ecology and a new account of rationality
7. Objections
rationality in ecology
8. A case study
the Florida panther
9. Policy aspects of the Florida panther case
10. Conclusions