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Ecology and experimental biology
Barnes, H. (1967). Ecology and experimental biology. Helgol. Wiss. Meeresunters. 15(1-4): 6-26.
In: Helgoländer Wissenschaftliche Meeresuntersuchungen. Biologische Anstalt Helgoland: Hamburg. ISSN 0017-9957, more
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Kinne, O.; Aurich, H. (Ed.) (1967). Vorträge und Diskussionen. Erstes Europäisches Symposion über Meeresbiologie = Papers and discussions. First European Symposium on Marine Biology = Rapports et discussions. Premier symposium européen sur biologie marine. Helgoländer Wissenschaftliche Meeresuntersuchungen, 15(1-4). Biologische Anstalt Helgoland: Hamburg. 669 pp., more
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  • Barnes, H.

    1. The definition of the word ldquoecologyrdquo is considered and the difficulties — both practical and theoretical — associated with a precise formulation outlined.2. Ecology as the study of systems consisting of components, or variables, each made up of a number of vectors is discussed.3. A comparison of the difficulties inherent in the definition with those — less apparent — in abiotic systems is made.4. The meaning of the word ldquoexperimentalrdquo is considered and its relation to a series of transformations on a biological system discussed.5. The meaning — in the restricted sense determined by the definitions given — of experimental ecology and the practical problems it poses are dealt with in some detail.6. The meaning of ldquoexperimental biologyrdquo and its relation to experimental ecology, as defined above, is discussed in relation to plant and animal systems.7. The future of ecology — experimental and otherwise is discussed.8. The increase in information will call for a greater integrative approach and the possible ways by which this can be achieved are outlined, particularly as they relate to the marine biological sciences.

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