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Global Ecology

Ecological Statistics

  1. Manuel Lerdau

Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vag020.pub2

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Lerdau, M. 2013. Global Ecology . Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 3.

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  1. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2013


Global ecology began with Joseph Priestley's experiments in the eighteenth century demonstrating that plants in effect purified air and thus allowed animals to survive. These results provided the first hard evidence that the activities of some organisms had impacts on the functioning of other organisms at spatial scales greater than that of the individual. More recently, Alfred Redfield demonstrated in the middle of the last century that the structure and behavior of marine organisms played a major role in determining the chemistry of the oceans. In the last 25 years, global ecology has expanded to include a wide range of organismal activities that affect continental and larger spatial scales.


  • biosphere;
  • atmosphere;
  • conservation;
  • remediation;
  • species competition