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theories

i was wondering what theory or theories you think are central to ecology or ecological disciplines?

for example, intermediate disturbance theory says that a habitat's optimum species richness occurs when the disturbances that occur in the given habitat happen at an intermediate level, not at climax (Connell, J.H. 1978. Diversity in Tropical Rain Forests and Coral Reefs. Science 199: 1302-1310). i know this theory isn't perfect, but i think some ecologists still think this is a relevant theory. what else is there?
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