What is systems ecology?

Centre researcher Albert Norström explains the basics of systems ecology thinking.

Systems ecology is an interdisciplinary field of ecology, taking a holistic approach to the study of ecological systems. It can be seen as an application of general systems theory to ecology. Central to the systems ecology approach is the idea that an ecosystem is a complex system exhibiting emergent properties.

About Albert Norström
Albert Norströms research has focused on understanding and managing the resilience of coral reefs, and has included laboratory experiments, extensive field sampling and theoretical/synthetic work. It has led to new understanding on variables influencing recruitment and dispersal of corals, has shown how artisanal fishing can increase the vulnerability of coral reefs to macroalgal regime shifts, has given innovative insights into the complex dynamics of coral reef regime shifts and provided a suite of novel empirical indicators of reef resilience.
Albert is currently a research coordinator for the Programme on Ecoystem Change and Society (PECS), which has its International Programme Office hosted by the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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