Structural Equation Modeling: Applications in ecological and evolutionary biology

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Abstract

This book presents an introduction to the methodology of structural equation modeling, illustrates its use, and goes on to argue that it has revolutionary implications for the study of natural systems. A major theme of this book is that we have, up to this point, attempted to study systems primarily using methods (such as the univariate model) that were designed only for considering individual processes. Understanding systems requires the capacity to examine simultaneous influences and responses. Structural equation modeling (SEM) has such capabilities. It also possesses many other traits that add strength to its utility as a means of making scientific progress. In light of the capabilities of SEM, it can be argued that much of ecological theory is currently locked in an immature state that impairs its relevance. It is further argued that the principles of SEM are capable of leading to the development and evaluation of multivariate theories of the sort vitally needed for the conservation of natural systems. Supplementary information can be found at the authors website, http://www.jamesbgrace.com/. • Details why multivariate analyses should be used to study ecological systems • Exposes unappreciated weakness in many current popular analyses • Emphasizes the future methodological developments needed to advance our understanding of ecological systems.

Additional publication details

Publication type Book
Publication Subtype Monograph
Title Structural Equation Modeling: Applications in ecological and evolutionary biology
ISBN 9780521781336
Year Published 2003
Language English
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publisher location Cambridge, MA
Contributing office(s) National Wetlands Research Center, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description xi, 409 p.
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N