- Reflection on the past and future of ecology- A historical overview of major ideas in the field of ecology- Pairing of historical views by ecologists along with a philosophical commentary directed at the practicing scientists' views by a philosopher of science- Historical analysis by practicing ecologists including anectodal experiences that are rarely recorded- Based on a very popular symposium at the 2002 Ecological Society of America annual meeting in Tucson, AZ
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1. Why a History of Ecology: An Introduction
Beatrix E. Beisner and Kim Cuddington
2. Unstructured Models in Ecology: Past, Present and Future
3.Unstructured population models: Do population-level assumptions yield general theory?
4. The "Structure of Population Ecology: Philosophical Reflections on Unstructured and Structured Models
5. The Law of Mass Action in Epidemiology: A Historical Perspective
6. Extensions to Mass Action Mixing
7. Mass Action and System Analysis of Infection Transmission
8. Community Diversity and Stability: Changing Perspectives and Changing Definitions
9. Perspectives on Diversity, Structure and Stability
10. Diversity and Stability: Theories, Models and Data
11. On the Integration of Community Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Historical Perspectives and Current Prospects
12. Modeling the ecological context of evolutionary change: déjà vu or something new?
13. The Elusive Synthesis
14. The Loss of Narrative
15. Ecological Management: Control, Uncertainty and Understanding
16. Is Ecosystem Management a Postmodern Science?
Kevin de Laplante
17. Kuhnian Paradigms Lost: Embracing the pluralism of ecological theory