[Coral-List] Disruptive science?

Ogden, John jogden at usf.edu
Thu Apr 25 14:21:31 UTC 2019

Thanks to John W for this intriguing question.  Three things come 
immediately to mind: (1) Odum and Odum's (1966) paper on measuring the 
metabolism of an in situ reef at Enewetak; (2) the many studies showing 
the role of herbivores in coral reef ecology; (3) the demonstration of 
the role of "top down" control of coral reef communities by predators.

On 4/24/2019 10:56 AM, John Ware via Coral-List wrote:
> Dear List,
> I recently read the following paper in Nature:
> /Wu L, Wang D, Evans JA (2019) Large teams develop and small teams 
> disrupt science and technology. Nature 566:378-382/ I began to think 
> back on my (limited) involvement with coral reef science. Realizing 
> that 'disruptive' is a good thing, what ideas have been 'disruptive'? 
> The two that came immediately to mind were Peter Sale's 'lottery 
>  hypothesis' (Proc. 2nd Coral Reef Symposium: 1974) and Buddemeier and 
> Fautin's Adaptive Bleaching Hypothesis (BioScience 1993). I am 
> curious: What other big ones did I miss? John



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