Kuhn's paradigm shift is traditionally exemplified using physics, and I know that the idea has been influencial (and misused) within some social sciences. The concept of paradigm shifts is also well known to most scientists and is often used as shorthand to describe new ideas or lines of reseaerch. My question is whether some scientific fields has been shown (in a relatively formal way) to "conform" better than others to Kuhn's idea that science progresses through paradigm shifts (as sequential replacement of incommensurable theories)? Has there been any attempts to analyse the history and progress in a large spectrum of different scientific fields in this regard?
Personally, I'm working within ecology, and I have a hard time fitting the history of ecology into a Kuhnian framework. As a general description I find Lakatos research programs, as several parallel but also conceptually overlapping programs to be a better fit. However, ecology is a relatively new field of research (firmly established/matured during 50-70s), so the major paradigm shifts might not have had time to materialise.