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Center Seeks Synthesis to Make Ecology More Useful

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Science  17 Jan 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5298, pp. 310-311
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5298.310

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Ecology is supposed to be the most synthetic of the biological disciplines, but in the past few decades, many ecological studies have drifted toward a short-term, small-scale focus. How can the field get back to its roots as a synthetic science, and so answer broad environmental questions? Officials at a new center in Santa Barbara, California, think they can help by examining ecology's big questions—without collecting any new data.