Ecology and Environmental Problem Solving

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Contemporary community ecology has neither precise foundational concepts dealing with stability or community structures nor a developed general theory yielding precise predictive power. It has no exceptionless empirical laws useful to environmental problem-solving. Despite these deficiencies, the authors argue that ecology can provide a foundation for environmental policy by means of autecology, natural history, and detailed case studies. By focusing on less theoretical and more practical scientific work, ecologists have been able to guide conservation decisions in cases such as controlling the vampire bat and protecting the red-cockaded woodpecker.

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Ecology and Environmental Problem Solving, in J. Lemons (Ed.), Readings from the Environmental Professional: Natural Resources, Blackwell Science Inc, p. 342-347