Toward canonical trophic aggregations

Ulanowicz, Robert E. and Kemp, W. M. (1979) Toward canonical trophic aggregations. American Naturalist, 114(6), pp. 871-883.

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The attractiveness of the trophic concept is that it was the first attempt at a holistic perspective on an ecosystem which met with any degree of success. Just as temperature, pressure, and volume allow one to characterize the incomprehensible multitude of particulate motions in a simple gas, the hope is that a small set of figures, such as trophic storages or trophic efficiencies, permit one to compare two ecosystems with overwhelmingly disparate complexities. Thus, if it were possible to demonstrate that an arbitrary network of ecosystem flows could be reduced to a trophic configuration, the aggregation process thus defined would become a key component of the evolving discipline of "macroscopic ecology" (see also Odum 1977 and Ulanowicz 1979).

Item Type: Article
Title: Toward canonical trophic aggregations
Personal Creator/Author:
Ulanowicz, Robert E.
Kemp, W. M.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: American Naturalist
Volume: 114
Number: 6
Page Range: pp. 871-883
Date: 1979
Issuing Agency: University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
Additional Information: UMCES Contribution No. 838
Subjects: Ecology
Item ID: 2010
Depositing User: Kathleen Heil
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2009 11:56
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2010 16:48

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