FINAL LITERATURE REVIEW


When was the last time you read the citation classic that you heard about in lecture or cited in a term paper?  Are the ideas in the paper still part of the modern paradigm of aquatic science?  Has the research been found obsolete, or are we actually still discussing the same topics today that aquatic scientists debated 30 years ago?  For this literature review you will evaluate a classic paper in Limnology.  Choose ONE of the ‘citation classics’ listed below and read it carefully.  Using your readings and other resources, try to determine what parts of the paper have been validated by subsequent work, what parts have been disproved, and what remains unstudied or unresolved.  You should cite at least one additional reference in addition to the paper that you are reviewing.  Your review should include:

(1)    The major ideas and hypotheses raised by the paper.

(2)    The approach taken to answer the question(s).

(3)    The conclusion(s) reached.

(4)    Your evaluation of the methods/ideas/conclusions in the paper.

(5)    What you think the long-term contribution of the paper to Limnology has been (if any).

(6)    Whether ideas in the paper have subsequently been either validated or disproven (or some of each).

(7)    Any impressions you have of differences in style or method between this older paper and newer research.

(8)    Does this classic citation deserve to be referenced so much?

(9)    Has aquatic science made much progress on this topic since the publication of the paper?

(10)What did you learn from the paper (if anything)


Please try to keep your review shorter than 5 pages.  Due November 22 by 5:00 PM.

Azam, F., T. Fenchel, J.G. Field, J.S. Gray, L.A. Meyer-Reil and F. Thingstad. 1983. The ecological role of water-column microbes in the sea. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 10: 257-263.

Brooks, J.L. and S.I. Dodson. 1965. Predation, body size and composition of plankton. Science 150: 28-35.

Forbes, S.A. 1887. The lake as a microcosm.  Bulletin of the Peoria Scientific Association, pp. 77-87. Reprinted in Bulletin of the Illinois State Natural History Survey 15 (1925): 537-550.

Hutchinson, G.E. 1961. The paradox of the plankton. The American Naturalist 95 (882): 137-145.

Lindeman, R.L. 1942. The trophic-dynamic of ecology. Ecology 23: 399-418.

Redfield, A.C. 1958. The biological control of chemical factors in the environment. American Scientist 46: 205-221.

Schindler, D.W. 1974. Eutrophication and recovery in experimental lakes: Implications for lake management. Science 184: 897-899.
 
 

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