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1792 METABOLIC THEORY OF ECOLOGY Ecology, Vol. 85, No. 7 Ecology, 85(7), 2004, pp. 17921794
 

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1792 METABOLIC THEORY OF ECOLOGY Ecology, Vol. 85, No. 7
Ecology, 85(7), 2004, pp. 17921794
2004 by the Ecological Society of America
THE VALUE OF NULL THEORIES IN ECOLOGY
JOHN HARTE1
Energy and Resources Group, University of California, 310 Barrows Hall, Berkeley, California 94720 USA
Reactions to the metabolic theory of ecology (MTE)
proposed by Brown et al. (2004, this issue) are likely
to fall into the following categories.
Enthusiastic support.--MTE persuasively demon-
strates how a few simple, well-founded physical prin-
ciples concerning energy and temperature can explain
an impressive fraction of the natural variability in or-
ganism-level productivity, developmental rates, mor-
tality, and other life history traits, and in ecosystem-
level carbon turnover, population density, and resource
partitioning. This is particularly impressive, given that
the theory assumes nothing about many of the concepts
that most ecologists had probably thought to be essen-

  

Source: Allen, Andrew P. - National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California at Santa Barbara
Hille Ris Lambers, Janneke - Department of Biology, University of Washington at Seattle
Kaspari, Mike - Department of Zoology, University of Oklahoma
Minnesota, University of - Cedar Creek Natural History Area

 

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