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Indexically Structured Ecological Communities

Lean, Christopher (2016) Indexically Structured Ecological Communities. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Ecological communities are seldom, if ever, biological individuals. They lack causal boundaries as the populations that constitute communities are not congruent and rarely have persistent functional roles regulating the communities’ higher properties. Instead we should represent ecological communities indexically, by identifying ecological communities via the network of weak causal interactions between populations that unfurl from a starting set of populations. This precisification of ecological communities helps identify how community properties remain invariant, and why they have robust characteristics. This is a more general framework than individuality, respecting the diversity and aggregational nature of these complex systems while still vindicating them as units worthy of investigation.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Keywords: Ecology, Ecological Communities, Biological Individuality, explanation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Dr Christopher Lean
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2016 16:57
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2016 16:57
Item ID: 12552
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
General Issues > Explanation
Date: 2016

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