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Title: Looking backwards to look forwards: the role of natural history in temperate reef ecology
Authors: Stephen J Hawkins
Nova Mieszkowska
Louise Firth
Katrin Bohn
Michael Burrows
Moira A. MacLean
Richard C. Thompson
Chan K.K. Benny
Colin Little
Gray A. Williams
Contributors: 國立臺灣海洋大學:海洋生物研究所
Keywords: experiments
historical ecology
Date: 2015
Issue Date: 2018-05-02T08:32:25Z
Publisher: Marine and Freshwater Research
Abstract: Abstract: Temperate reefs are superb tractable systems for testing hypotheses in ecology and evolutionary biology. Accordingly there is a rich history of research stretching back over 100 years, which has made major contributions to general ecological and evolutionary theory as well as providing better understanding of how littoral systems work by linking pattern with process. A brief resume´ of the history of temperate reef ecology is provided to celebrate this rich heritage. As a community, temperate reef ecologists generally do well designed experiments and test well formulated hypotheses. Increasingly large datasets are being collected, collated and subjected to complex meta-analyses and used for modelling. These datasets do not happen spontaneously – the burgeoning subject of macroecology is possible only because of the efforts of dedicated natural historians whether it be observing birds, butterflies, or barnacles. High-quality natural history and old-fashioned field craft enable surveys or experiments to be stratified (i.e. replicates are replicates and not a random bit of rock) and lead to the generation of more insightful hypotheses. Modern molecular approaches have led to the discovery of cryptic species and provided phylogeographical insights, but natural history is still required to identify species in the field. We advocate a blend of modern approaches with old school skills and a fondness for temperate reefs in all their splendour.
Relation: 67(1)
URI: http://ntour.ntou.edu.tw:8080/ir/handle/987654321/46131
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