John Moore

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John MooreMoore’s research interests are in the fields of soil ecology, mathematical/theoretical ecology, and the application of the theory of complex adaptive systems to teaching and learning.  His research on food web structure, function and dynamics is positioned at the interfaces of community ecology, ecosystem ecology, and evolution linking species traits and adaptions to biogeochemical cycles.  He pioneered the concepts that detritus (non-living organic material) is an important source of energy and that energy flow originating from primary producers and detritus and mediated by trophic interactions among species in communities is compartmentalized spatially and temporally in ways that enhance their dynamic stability.  His work has contributed to our understanding of how soil organisms contribute to soil formation and nutrient retention in sustainable agricultural practices in temperate regions, and to the carbon balance in arctic tundra ecosystems.

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