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Old 12-23-2010, 01:45 PM   #1
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Default The complexity of habitat loss and biodiversity

This subject boggles the mind with unending natural responses that counter anything that changes, using the changes to move forward. Where do we intervene and how do we know that nature herself would not have done a better job?
Luckily there are smart people that thrive on understanding, never giving up until all the counter consequences are known.
Check out this mathimatical model that claims to understand what should be where.

New model provides more effective basis for biodiversity conservation

The heart of the theory is a mathematical model that predicts the number of species expected in an ecological community from properties of the species (e.g., rates of birth, death, and migration) and the environment (e.g., resource availability, habitat loss, frequency of disturbances).

The complexity of ecological systems, expressed in the large variation in morphology, physiology and behavior of individuals of different species, individuals of the same species, or even the same individual in different environments, makes the understanding of the mechanisms affecting the diversity of ecological communities extremely difficult
"Half Earth Quest" Edward O. Wilson

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