The Ascendant Perspective

Thursday, April 6th, 2006
"Ecology needs a more robust central paradigm such as the one emerging from the current work in information theory, ecosystem energetics, and complexity theory."
Dr. Robert

University of Maryland

Robert E. Ulanowicz is professor of theoretical ecology at the University of Maryland's Chesapeake Biological laboratory. He is author of Growth and Development: Ecosystems Phenomenology.

Mounting a powerful challenge to prevailing mechanistic paradigms of ecology, Dr. Ulanowicz provides an entirely fresh view of the origins of organization in living systems.

Ranging widely to explore critical issues in the history of science – order, causality, progress, laws – he sets forth a coherent theoretical framework for ecology.

The "Ascendant Perspective" challenges the existing Newtonian and Darwinian paradigms, demonstrating that a theoretically reshaped science of ecology is better suited to portraying the dynamics of the natural world, can be a more effective means of ensuring its health.