Macrosystems ecology requires innovative approach

Relatively new research field looks to solve ecological issues by expanding the view of the problems.

Songlin Fei, Purdue University associate professor of quantitative ecology in the department of forestry and natural resources, said macrosystems ecology takes a wider look at ecosystems at different temporal and spatial scales.

Much like piecing together a puzzle, scientists in the field take an abundance of patterns from the smallest scales to the largest and develop theories on how those patterns affect the fundamental relationships between life and the non-living environment on

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