The co-ordination hypothesis, the predictability of plant traits, and the end of despairing empiricism. By Prof Colin Prentice

“Despairing empiricism” is a phrase I invented some years ago to describe a disease that has infected modellers trying to describe ecosystems numerically since they first started to do so, circa 1980. The underlying idea is that since biological phenomena are (supposedly) not subject to universal laws, the only way they can be modelled is … Continue reading The co-ordination hypothesis, the predictability of plant traits, and the end of despairing empiricism. By Prof Colin Prentice