Hydrology and ecology meet—and the meeting is good

Hydrology and ecology meet—and the meeting is good Barbara Bond* Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA *Correspondence to: Barbara Bond, Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA. E-mail: barbara.bond@orst.edu As a ‘hybrid’ scientist (I call myself an ‘ecophysiologist’) as well as an ‘eco’ partner in collaborative research with hydrologists, I’ve watched the growth and development of the new hybrid field, ecohydrology, with great interest. I’ve asked colleagues if they’ve heard of this new paradigm. Hydrologists typically respond enthusiastically by naming people who are helping to define the field, and they identify high-profile, international programs and recent conferences and special issues of journals devoted to ecohydrology. Ecologists, at least in my informal sample, are less likely to be aware of ecohydrology as an emerging discipline, but many will add something like, ‘but I suppose you could say that’s what I’ve been doing for most of my career’. Of course, this isn’t surprising, because the ecohydrology paradigm is emerging from the discipline of hydrology. But if ecohydrology is the science that studies the mutual interaction between the hydrological cycle and ecosystems (Porporato and Rodriguez-Iturbe, 2002), perhaps it is time for ecologists to participate more actively in discussions that seek http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hydrological Processes Wiley

Hydrology and ecology meet—and the meeting is good

Hydrological Processes, Volume 17 (10) – Jul 1, 2003

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Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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0885-6087
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Barbara Bond* Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA *Correspondence to: Barbara Bond, Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA. E-mail: barbara.bond@orst.edu As a ‘hybrid’ scientist (I call myself an ‘ecophysiologist’) as well as an ‘eco’ partner in collaborative research with hydrologists, I’ve watched the growth and development of the new hybrid field, ecohydrology, with great interest. I’ve asked colleagues if they’ve heard of this new paradigm. Hydrologists typically respond enthusiastically by naming people who are helping to define the field, and they identify high-profile, international programs and recent conferences and special issues of journals devoted to ecohydrology. Ecologists, at least in my informal sample, are less likely to be aware of ecohydrology as an emerging discipline, but many will add something like, ‘but I suppose you could say that’s what I’ve been doing for most of my career’. Of course, this isn’t surprising, because the ecohydrology paradigm is emerging from the discipline of hydrology. But if ecohydrology is the science that studies the mutual interaction between the hydrological cycle and ecosystems (Porporato and Rodriguez-Iturbe, 2002), perhaps it is time for ecologists to participate more actively in discussions that seek

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Published: Jul 1, 2003

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