Linking structure and function in marine sedimentary and terrestrial soil ecosystems: implications for extrapolation from the laboratory to the field

  • Thomas L. Forbes
  • Liv K. Kure


A central goal of ecotoxicology is the development of sufficient ecological understanding to enable the accurate prediction of the behaviour and effects of contaminants in the environment. Progress toward this goal has been slow. We believe future advancement requires increased emphasis on interdisciplinary studies which comprehensively investigate chemical fate and effect at spatial and temporal scales relevant to the natural systems of interest (Forbes and Forbes, 1994). Building a bridge from the laboratory to the field will require improved extrapolation models incorporating a more complete understanding of the relationship between ecosystem structure and function than presently exists (Forbes and Forbes, 1993)


Ecosystem Structure Link Structure Master Process Benthic Community Structure Contaminant Fate 
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