Between control and complexity: opportunities and challenges for marine mesocosms
AuthorSagarin, Raphael D
Blanchette, Carol A
Brusca, Richard C
Cole, Julia E
Rochman, Chelsea M
van Haren, Joost
Troch, Peter A
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Biosphere 2
Univ Arizona, Dept Ecol & Evolutionary Biol
Univ Arizona, Dept Soil Water & Environm Sci
Univ Arizona, Dept Geosci
Univ Arizona, Dept Atmospher Sci
Univ Arizona, Honors Coll
Univ Arizona, Dept Hydrol & Water Resources
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CitationBetween control and complexity: opportunities and challenges for marine mesocosms 2016, 14 (7):389 Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
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AbstractMarine ecologists have a wide array of tools with which to study complex and dynamic systems, but there are cases where neither simple, highly controlled experiments nor largely uncontrolled, more complex field observations provide adequate inferential power. In such cases, mesocosm studies in marine systems may help bridge the gap. Mesocosm studies can facilitate research ranging from basic biology to multifactorial ecosystem studies that involve observation, perturbation, validation, calibration, long-term studies, and testing of new technologies. Although scale, closed boundaries, biodiversity levels, and replication can impose challenges on mesocosm research, these parameters can also help to define research opportunities that are uniquely suited to such controlled environments. Finally, we provide examples of successful marine mesocosm research and discuss opportunities for future work.
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