Between control and complexity: opportunities and challenges for marine mesocosms

Raphael D Sagarin, John Adams, Carol A. Blanchette, Richard C. Brusca, Jon Chorover, Julia Cole, Fiorenza Micheli, Adrian Munguia-Vega, Chelsea M. Rochman, Kevin Bonine, Joost L M Van Haren, Peter A Troch

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Marine 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-396
Number of pages8
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Volume14
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

Fingerprint

mesocosm
ecologists
calibration
perturbation
biodiversity
case studies
Biological Sciences
ecosystems
ecosystem
experiment
testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

Cite this

Between control and complexity : opportunities and challenges for marine mesocosms. / Sagarin, Raphael D; Adams, John; Blanchette, Carol A.; Brusca, Richard C.; Chorover, Jon; Cole, Julia; Micheli, Fiorenza; Munguia-Vega, Adrian; Rochman, Chelsea M.; Bonine, Kevin; Van Haren, Joost L M; Troch, Peter A.

In: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Vol. 14, No. 7, 01.09.2016, p. 389-396.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sagarin, Raphael D ; Adams, John ; Blanchette, Carol A. ; Brusca, Richard C. ; Chorover, Jon ; Cole, Julia ; Micheli, Fiorenza ; Munguia-Vega, Adrian ; Rochman, Chelsea M. ; Bonine, Kevin ; Van Haren, Joost L M ; Troch, Peter A. / Between control and complexity : opportunities and challenges for marine mesocosms. In: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 2016 ; Vol. 14, No. 7. pp. 389-396.
@article{900043e5c9f447de9123181e2327ebb3,
title = "Between control and complexity: opportunities and challenges for marine mesocosms",
abstract = "Marine 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.",
author = "Sagarin, {Raphael D} and John Adams and Blanchette, {Carol A.} and Brusca, {Richard C.} and Jon Chorover and Julia Cole and Fiorenza Micheli and Adrian Munguia-Vega and Rochman, {Chelsea M.} and Kevin Bonine and {Van Haren}, {Joost L M} and Troch, {Peter A}",
year = "2016",
month = "9",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1002/fee.1313",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "14",
pages = "389--396",
journal = "Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment",
issn = "1540-9295",
publisher = "Ecological Society of America",
number = "7",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Between control and complexity

T2 - opportunities and challenges for marine mesocosms

AU - Sagarin, Raphael D

AU - Adams, John

AU - Blanchette, Carol A.

AU - Brusca, Richard C.

AU - Chorover, Jon

AU - Cole, Julia

AU - Micheli, Fiorenza

AU - Munguia-Vega, Adrian

AU - Rochman, Chelsea M.

AU - Bonine, Kevin

AU - Van Haren, Joost L M

AU - Troch, Peter A

PY - 2016/9/1

Y1 - 2016/9/1

N2 - Marine 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.

AB - Marine 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.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84986570049&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84986570049&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1002/fee.1313

DO - 10.1002/fee.1313

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84986570049

VL - 14

SP - 389

EP - 396

JO - Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

JF - Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

SN - 1540-9295

IS - 7

ER -