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Equilibrium, the new dirty word of ecology
  • Tim Coulson
Tim Coulson
Oxford
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Abstract

Natural systems are always fluctuating: no two years are identical, with population and community sizes varying from one year to the next. Such variation has led to “equilibrium” becoming almost a dirty word in ecology. Some researchers see the world as being in permanent flux, and consider our field’s historical focus on equilibria as out-dated. But this view is flawed, is driven by current day observations of a world out of kilter, and risks downplaying the risks of ongoing anthropogenic change to civilisation and perhaps too to life on Earth. In this viewpoint, I mount a defence for equilibria.

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

12 Aug 2020Submitted to Ecology Letters
13 Aug 2020Assigned to Editor
13 Aug 2020Submission Checks Completed
13 Aug 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
18 Sep 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending