This book discusses the impact of recent advances in the theory
of "scaling relationships" and identifies critical issues that must
be considered if experimental results are used to understand the
temporal and spatial scales of actual ecosystems.
The complexity of ecosystems complicates experimental design.
How, for example, does a scientist draw boundaries when studying
species effects and interactions? Once these boundaries are drawn,
how does one treat factors external to that study? Will the failure
to consider external factors affect one's ability to extrapolate
information across temporal and spatial scales? This volume
provides a compilation from a broad range of ecologists with
extensive experimental research experience that addresses these and
other questions of scaling relations.