History of Ecology

History of Ecology

History of Ecology
Father of Ecology: Alexander Von Humboldt

Ecology is the scientific study of the interactions that determine the distribution and abundance of organisms.  Here is a brief history of ecology in a chronological order (timeline).  These include important events and contributions made by many ecologists from the dawn of time to the subject of ecology.

Origin of Ecology

Ernst HaeckelIn 1869, Earnst Haeckel coined the term “ecology”. It comes from the Greek word Oikos meaning “household” and logos meaning “study of”, therefore the “study of nature’s household”. Relating this definition to science, ecology becomes the study of the management of the natural environment which includes the relations of organisms with one another and to their surroundings.

It is said that ecology as a scientific discipline is a multidisciplinary one. It often encompasses several fields like biology, geography, and Earth science.

However, ecology is not always focused on the environment but also in man as well. Practical applications in ecology include conservation biology, restoration ecology, resource management, and wetland management.

History of Ecology As A Science

Ecology History - A Timeline


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Cite this article as: "History of Ecology," in Bio Explorer, November 3, 2016, https://www.bioexplorer.net/history_of_biology/ecology/.
History of Ecology
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