Whereas the mechanical performance of plant organs has often been discussed in
evolutionary biology [1,2], tree biomechanics has rarely been considered in the
context of functional ecology. Functional ecology aims at understanding the functions
of organisms that result in fluxes of biomass or energy within an ecosystem,
a forest. This discipline studies the processes controlling these fluxes, at either
the scale of an individual, community, or ecosystem, with their response to natural
or anthropic environmental variations....
This book follows in the footsteps of two previous efforts—Snakes: Ecology
and Evolutionary Biology (1987) and Snakes: Ecology and Behavior
(1993)—to provide established and new researchers with a current synopsis
of snake ecology. In the preface to each of these earlier works, one of us
(R. A. S.) admitted that he had erred in assuming that another “Biology of
the Serpentes” book was not worth tackling. And after the fi rst two books,
we thought that perhaps yet another book was not needed—we were wrong
I conceived of the courses that led to this book on sabbatical in
1999–2000, during my time as the Mote Eminent Scholar at Florida
State University and the Mote Marine Laboratory (a chair generously
funded by William R. Mote, who was a good friend of science). While at
FSU, I worked on a problem of life histories in fluctuating environments
with Joe Travis and we needed to construct log-normal random variables
of specified means and variances.
Tuyển tập các báo cáo nghiên cứu về sinh học được đăng trên tạp chí lâm nghiệp đề tài: Modelling the biomechanical behaviour of growing trees at the forest stand scale. Part I: Development of an Incremental Transfer Matrix Method and application to simplified tree structures...
I have three vivid memories about learning statistics as an undergraduate
that all involve misconceptions. Firstly, I remember my lecturer telling
me that, after obtaining a result that was not statistically significant,
I should conclude that timber harvesting did not have an effect (on what,
I cannot remember). While the logic was flawed, I have since realized
that it is a misconception shared by many ecologists.