A Guideline for Ecological Research

  • M. Godron
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 7)


The major ecological questions are as numerous as ecologists, and each ecologist could draw up a long list of urgent problems. Simple compilation of such a list would lead to a grab bag, where acid rain, the wells of the Sahel, or polymetallic nodules would be neighbors of Melville’s white whale and Prevert’s raccoon. To walk with security in such a labyrinth, one must seize Ariadne’s thread and follow it to its end, at the risk of naively underlining the obvious and of posing once again Olbers’s paradoxes. This approach requires a chain of arguments, often academic, which will be re-stated here only to clarify the vocabulary used. The reader, therefore, is advised to read the text rapidly to seize the essential structure, before returning to the major points.


Ecological System Ecological Research Mature Vegetation Polymetallic Nodule Lottery Game 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Godron
    • 1
  1. 1.Botanical InstituteMontpellierFrance

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