On Balance, a Battle: Simberloff (vs. Grene) vs. Odum on the Greek Roots of Ecosystem Ecology’s Enduring Appeal

Recently I wrote about Eugene Odum’s ecosystem concept.  Its motto is that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”  Odum’s view that natural ecosystems were integrated wholes which developed in a manner that parallels the development of an individual organism or human societies (a harkening back to the largely discredited views of Frederic Clements) was regarded with great suspicion by ecologists who saw the Balance of Nature view as obsolete and unhelpful.  I discuss one especially influential critique of Odum’s ecology in this post.


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Professor of Environmental Science
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