Re: NANFA-L-- Diversity Indicies

Irate Mormon (archimedes at
Thu, 29 Sep 2005 16:56:36 -0400

Quoting "dlmcneely at" <dlmcneely at>:

> Irate, I did not identify the "condition," partly because Todd did not
> do so, and in fact, it was somewhat presumptuous of me to suggest he
> might be interested in something other than diversity, since that's
> what he asked about.

I understood that, but it was important in the broader context of what I was
trying to grasp.

> Some ecologists have attempted to use the concept of diversity to
> consider why some systems might be more resistant to degradation, or
> more resilient to degradation, or more capable of surviving
> degradation, or related matters, than other systems.

Degradation - again, that depends on your point of view.

> Some other ecologists, like Hurlbert as mentioned by Bruce, have
> questioned whether "diversity" has any meaning whatsoever.

This fellow interests me, as that's the same question I have!


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