History of Ecology

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History 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
Ecology News in 2017

Top 10 Ecology News in 2017

Ecology is the biological study of interactions among organisms and their ecosystems/environments. Here are the top 11 ecology news, ecology-related research, studies, and technology advancements in 2017.
Ecology News in 2018

15 Leading Ecology News of 2018

It is a truth universally acknowledged by scientists: climate change is real as well as global pollution of air, water, and soil. In order for us to survive, we need to know as much as possible about the dangers of today.
Discoveries in Ecology 2019

Top 10 Discoveries in Ecology 2019

Due to climate change and destructive human activity, news in the ecology area in 2019 is quite contrary. Here are the top 10 discoveries in ecology 2019.
Ecology News 2020

Top 10 Ecology News of 2020

BioExplorer team presents the newest 2020 discoveries that showcase what is becoming of the ecosystems on our planet. Find top 10 ecology news of 2020.


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BioExplorer.net. (2021, October 28). History of Ecology. Bio Explorer. https://www.bioexplorer.net/history_of_biology/ecology/.

BioExplorer.net. "History of Ecology" Bio Explorer, 28 October 2021, https://www.bioexplorer.net/history_of_biology/ecology/.

BioExplorer.net. "History of Ecology" Bio Explorer, October 28 2021. https://www.bioexplorer.net/history_of_biology/ecology/.

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