What is ecology?

  • (noun): The branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment.
    Synonyms: bionomics, environmental science
    See also — Additional definitions below

Ecology

Ecology (from Greek: οἶκος, "house"; -λογία, "study of") is the scientific study of the relationships that living organisms have with each other and with their natural environment. Topics of interest to ecologists include the composition, distribution, amount (biomass), number, and changing states of organisms within and among ecosystems. Ecosystems are composed of dynamically interacting parts including organisms, the communities they make up, and the non-living components of their environment. Ecosystem processes, such as primary production, pedogenesis, nutrient cycling, and various niche construction activities, regulate the flux of energy and matter through an environment. These processes are sustained by the biodiversity within them. Biodiversity refers to the varieties of species in ecosystems, the genetic variations they contain, and the processes that are functionally enriched by the diversity of ecological interactions.

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Some articles on ecology:

History Of Biology - Twentieth Century Biological Sciences - Ecology and Environmental Science
... See also History of ecology In the early 20th century, naturalists were faced with increasing pressure to add rigor and preferably experimentation to their methods, as the newly prominent laboratory-based ... Ecology had emerged as a combination of biogeography with the biogeochemical cycle concept pioneered by chemists field biologists developed quantitative methods such as the quadrat ... Henry Chandler Cowles and Frederic Clements, was important in early plant ecology ...
Banff National Park - Ecology - Wildlife
... Due to the harsh winters, the park has few reptiles and amphibians with only one species of toad, three species of frog, one salamander species and two species of snakes that have been identified ... At least 280 species of birds can be found in Banff including bald and golden eagles, red-tailed hawk, osprey, and merlin, all of which are predatory species ...
Murray Bookchin
... A pioneer in the ecology movement, Bookchin was the founder of the social ecology movement within anarchist, libertarian socialist and ecological thought ... philosophy, history, and urban affairs as well as ecology ...
Ecology - Relation To The Environment - Physical Environments - Biogeochemistry and Climate
... The ecology of global carbon budgets gives one example of the linkage between biodiversity and biogeochemistry ... budgets during the Earth's history, regulated to a large extent by the ecology of the land ...

More definitions of "ecology":

  • (noun): The environment as it relates to living organisms.
    Example: "It changed the ecology of the island"

Famous quotes containing the word ecology:

    ... the fundamental principles of ecology govern our lives wherever we live, and ... we must wake up to this fact or be lost.
    Karin Sheldon (b. c. 1945)