Designed ecosystem services: application of ecological principles in wastewater treatment engineering (2004)

Author(s): Graham DW, Smith VH

    Abstract: Wastewater treatment engineering and ecology have complementary goals and need to interact much more closely. Wastewater engineers and ecologists share strong interests in the structure and function of biological communities, and yet they have not often engaged in extensive interdisciplinary dialog. Wastewater (bioprocess) engineers are focused upon the solution of practical environmental problems, and typically do not work forward from ecological principles in order to test specific theories. Ecologists, in contrast, historically have focused primarily on the collection and analysis of data in order to test explicit scientific hypotheses; it is only recently that their efforts have emphasized ecological applications as well. We encourage wastewater engineers to use the fundamentals of ecological theory to help guide future system design, and we urge ecologists to view engineered biosystems as valuable new platforms for ecological research.

    • Type of Article: Review
    • Date: 2004-05-01
    • Journal: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
    • Volume: 2
    • Issue: 4
    • Pages: 199-206
    • Publisher: Ecological Society of America
    • Publication type: Article
    • Bibliographic status: Published

    Professor David Graham
    Professor of Ecosystems Engineering