Posted by: Jeremy Fox | July 9, 2011

Non-zombie ideas in ecology: Gause’s The Struggle for Existence

I’ve been pretty rough on the ‘zombie’ ideas of famous ecologists lately. So I decided to balance things a bit by highlighting a famous ecologist with some very modern, and very non-zombie, ideas: G. F. Gause. He’s famous for the competitive exclusion principle, of course, but most people probably don’t realize just don’t realize what a sophisticated and quantitative approach to science he had, with a strong emphasis on linking mathematical theory and data. Every ecologist should read his classic (and short) book, The Struggle For Existence (the link goes to a free online version).


  1. […] named Darwin, for obvious reasons, and Gause, for reasons I’ve previously described. Can’t recall who else I named. If asked the question today, I suppose I’d pick George […]

  2. […] for starters, I’d suggest that modern students of ecology can learn at least as much from Gause as they can from […]

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