Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology
and Inland Fisheries (IGB) &
Freie Universität Berlin
© IGB/David Außerdorfer
HoHs and other new tools for ecological synthesis
More and more ecological and other data are accumulating each year. In the current era of Big Data, the famous quote by Naisbitt that “we are drowning in information but starved for knowledge” from the early 1980s seems to be more applicable than ever before. We arguably lack effective tools for research synthesis at a macro level, tools that help “connecting the dots”. I will present new and potentially useful tools – Hierarchies of Hypotheses (HoHs), networks of major hypotheses and research questions, among others – and give examples for applications of these tools in invasion ecology and biogeography.