Surrogates underpin ecological understanding and practise
A surrogate is a proxy measure for an attribute of true interest that is too difficult or costly to measure directly. Surrogacy is widely used in the environmental sciences, as well as in other disciplines such as clinical medicine and pharmacology (Lindenmayer et al. 2015a; Barton et al. 2015). In medicine, for example, easily-quantified properties of blood (such as cholesterol level) are regularly used to infer a patient’s health, risk of disease, or response to a medical treatment (Barton et...[Show more]
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