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What are the branches of system ecology that scientists research in nowadays? Or what can system ecology can applied to, or be used?

I have read its Wikipedia page, but sadly it doesn't answer my question. The most relevant section of it is the "Closely related fields", but again, it doesn't answer my question directly.

From what I understand, system ecology is a sub-field of theoretical ecology. It uses thermodynamic in physics to explain a biological system, with the help of network thinking and some technique of visualization. I have presented this in detail what I understand on my website.


Related: How is the Energy Systems Language used in ecology?

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  • $\begingroup$ Wow, I haven't yet found a single website that spells it out. You could try this Wikipedia article (Ecology disciplines) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecology_(disciplines) Typing "systems ecology" + disciplines into Google yields more results than "branches." You have an awesome web page by the way. I may link to it from my site. $\endgroup$ – David Blomstrom Dec 23 '15 at 15:26
  • $\begingroup$ The new keyword yields more results, but they still aren't satisfied me. Thanks for your compliment, may I see your site? $\endgroup$ – Ooker Dec 23 '15 at 16:33
  • $\begingroup$ Actually, my site is crashed right now - www.geozoo.org. I'm working on an extensive series of articles about ecology, evolution and other bio-topics, but it will be a while before I can fix my code and get everything running again. $\endgroup$ – David Blomstrom Dec 23 '15 at 17:33
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What are the branches of system ecology that scientists research in nowadays? Or what can system ecology can applied to, or be used?

This field is often referred to as systems ecology or ecosystem ecology. It is the study of ecosystems. Thermodynamic principles are often used to construct food/system webs (networks) to understand cause and effect within the system. But I think systems ecology can be considered beyond just a numerical approach to include social (human) dynamics.

A great primer for systems ecology is that by Howard T. Odum:

Odum, Howard T. "Systems Ecology; an introduction." (1983).

I have presented this in detail what I understand on my website.

After reading the post on your website I have some recommendations for complex systems science groups/hubs in which you can look for potential mentors/collaborators/ideas:

  1. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA; Austria)
  2. Santa Fe Insitute (US)
  3. National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC; US)
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  • $\begingroup$ so if the question is "what are the branches of system ecology?", then the answer is "food web with application of thermodynamic is the only branch"? Is that correct? $\endgroup$ – Ooker Nov 27 '18 at 15:59
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    $\begingroup$ I don't know how to answer how many branches there are, since Systems Ecology comprises theories from all over the place. There are groups which focus on ecological interactions only, and those that attempt to incorporate social-ecological interactions. $\endgroup$ – Jessica Burnett Nov 27 '18 at 16:14

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