Animated Foundations of Ecology
Ecomotion has been awarded a grant by the Ecology Society of America to create a video series for their centennial conference. The videos each outline a paper that has been essential to the foundations of Ecology. The Animated Foundations of Ecology
was premiered at the ESA Conference on August 9, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.
| Nelson G. Hairston, Frederick E. Smith, and Lawrence B. Slobodkin (1960)
But why is the world green? The classic "HSS" (that is, Hairston, Smith and Slobodkin) paper addresses this central question of ecology head-on, discussing the factors that limit populations and illustrating a vibrant, elegantly interacting system of plants, herbivores, predators, and decomposers.
|Robert T. Paine (1966)
Meet a whole suite of colorful critters, from barnacles to nudibranchs to seastars, and everything that can settle in between. This radical diversity is supported in a most surprising way -- the voracious appetite of a top predator -- as shown by Paine in his fundamental intertidal study.
C. B. Huffaker (1958)
Predator-prey relationships are theoretically cyclic, but showing this empirically has always been quite the trick. Through a series of increasingly outlandish measures, Huffaker manages to strike the balance of complexity needed for the coexistence of a predator and its mite. You have to see the graphs to believe it.
Daniel S. Simberloff and Edward O. Wilson (1969)
With a smattering of mangrove stands, big and small, near and far, Simberloff puts the hypothesis of island biogeography to the test. In the process, he gets in tune with the forces of colonization and extinction in determining the composition of isolated communities.