There and back again, or the problem of locality in biodiversity surveys

Philosophy of Science 76 (3):273-294 (2009)
Authors
James Griesemer
University of California, Davis
Abstract
We argue that ‘locality’, perhaps the most mundane term in ecology, holds a basic ambiguity: two concepts of space—nomothetic and idiographic—which are both necessary for a rigorous resurvey to “the same” locality in the field, are committed to different practices with no common measurement. A case study unfolds the failure of the standard assumption that an exogenous grid of longitude and latitude, as fine‐grained as one wishes, suffices for revisiting a species locality. We briefly suggest a scale‐dependent “resolution” for this replication problem, since it has no general, rational solution. *Received January 2008; revised April 2009. †To contact the authors, please write to: Ayelet Shavit, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Tel‐Hai Academic College, Upper Galilee, 12210 Israel; e‐mail: ashavit@telhai.ac.il . James Griesemer, Department of Philosophy, University of California, Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616; e‐mail: jrgriesemer@ucdavis.edu . Biodiversity is largely a matter of real estate. And, as with other real estate, location is everything. (Kiester at el. 1996 ).
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1086/649805
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 35,537
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Teaching Natural History at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.Mary Sunderland - 2013 - British Journal for the History of Science 46 (1):97-121.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Analytics

Added to PP index
2010-01-09

Total downloads
44 ( #144,735 of 2,287,756 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #235,311 of 2,287,756 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature