The need to understand and address large-scale environmental problems that are difficult to study in controlled environments—issues ranging from climate change to overfishing to invasive species—is driving the field of ecology in new and important directions. Observation and Ecology documents that transformation, exploring how scientists and researchers are expanding their methodological toolbox to incorporate an array of new and reexamined observational approaches—from traditional ecological knowledge to animal-borne sensors to genomic and remote-sensing technologies—to track, study, and understand current environmental problems and their implications.
The authors paint a clear picture of what observational approaches to ecology are and where they fit in the context of ecological science. They consider the full range of observational abilities we have available to us and explore the challenges and practical difficulties of using a primarily observational approach to achieve scientific understanding. They also show how observations can be a bridge from ecological science to education, environmental policy, and resource management.
Observations in ecology can play a key role in understanding our changing planet and the consequences of human activities on ecological processes. This book will serve as an important resource for future scientists and conservation leaders who are seeking a more holistic and applicable approach to ecological science.
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Table of Contents
Part I The Role of Observation in Ecological Science 13
1 An Observational Approach to Ecology 15
2 Observational Approaches in Historical Context 29
Part II Using Observations in Ecology 45
3 Using All the Senses in Ecology 47
4 Using Technology to Expand Our Observational Senses 63
5 Local, Traditional, and Accidental Ecological Observers and Observations 75
Part III The Challenges Posed by an Observational Approach 87
6 Dealing with Too Many Observations, and Too Few 89
7 Is Observation-Based Ecology Scientific? 109
Part IV Beyond Academia: The Power of Observational Approaches 131
8 Ecology's Renewed Importance in Policy 133
9 Opening Nature's Door to a New Generation of Citizens and Ecologists 151
About the Authors 199
About the Contributors 201