Ecological Theory in Relation to Biological Oceanography

Chair: K.H. Mann (Canada)

Vice-Chair: Trevor Platt (Canada)

Other Full Members: Patricio Bernal (Chile), Michael Fasham (UK), John Field (South Africa), J. O'Brien (USA), A. Okubo (USA), D. Smith (Australia), R. Ulanowicz (USA), M. Vinogradov (USSR), and F. Wulff (Sweden)

Terms of Reference

  • To consider recent developments in community-level ecological theory and their application to biological oceanography.
  • To make recommendations on the way in which biological oceanographic sampling might be initiated or amended to provide evidence for testing selected hypotheses, including recommendations for developing new technology.
  • To initiate discussions with physical oceanographers on the need for joint work on ecosystem-level events and to recommend international collaborative experiments that could advance our understanding of ecosystem function in the marine environment.
  • To work with senior officials of SCOR and IABO to foster a spirit of cohesiveness among biological oceanographers so that they can present a common front when discussing major experiments with physical oceanographers.

Financial Sponsors: SCOR, NSF


Ulanowicz, R.E., and T. Platt (eds.). 1985. Ecosystem Theory for Biological Oceanography. Canadian Bulletin of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 213. Department of Fisheries and Oceans.