Journal Article

Hypogean Communities as Cybernetic Systems: Implications for the Evolution of Cave Biotas

Romero, A.

Record Number:
4957
Year:
2020
Journal:
Diversity 2020
Volume:
12, 413
URL:
www.mdpi.com/journal/diversity
Abstract:
Abstract: Ramón Margalef proposed in 1968 that ecosystems could be better understood if they were viewed as cybernetic systems. I tested this hypothesis in the case of hypogean ecosystems using available pieces of evidence. I looked on how information on feedbacks, stability, succession, organization, diversity, and energy flows in the hypogean environment fit the cybernetics hypothesis. The results were that there are convincing arguments that the application of the concept of cybernetics in biospeleology can be beneficial to broadening our understanding of cave biota in terms of their structure. I also make the case that this approach can provide more clarity about how cave biota has evolved through time and the implications for their conservation. Keywords: cybernetics; ecology; cave biology; biospeleology
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