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The ecological century

Journal Article:

Abstract

This essay attempts to reconstruct the evolution of Ecology as the scientific basis for environmental conservation and human progress, as seen through the eyes of a biologist who has exercised that science during a number of tasks in various parts of the world over most of the twentieth century. From its beginnings in evolutionary thinking during the nineteenth century, ecology emerged from natural history at the beginning of the twentieth. At first the running was made by botanists; but this was soon followed by zoologists, who dealt with more mobile communities. The first quarter-century was mainly exploratory; the second was mainly descriptive (although biological exploration was still dominant in the tropics). The third quarter saw ecology developing into an experimental science, and, as the environmental revolution got into its stride, ecology became organized both nationally and internationally. Although the term is now often misused and sometimes misunderstood by laymen, the last quarter-century is seeing the wide application of ecology in environmental and human affairs, and this gives some assurance that the twenty-first century will not become one of chaos.
Publication Date:
Jan 01, 1981
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
EDB-83-035930
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Environmental Conservation; Journal Volume: 8; Journal Issue: 4
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; ECOLOGY; EVALUATION; GLOBAL ASPECTS; POLITICAL ASPECTS; DECISION MAKING; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; POPULATION DYNAMICS; PUBLIC OPINION; RESOURCE CONSERVATION; INSTITUTIONAL FACTORS; 510100* - Environment, Terrestrial- Basic Studies- (-1989); 520100 - Environment, Aquatic- Basic Studies- (-1989)
OSTI ID:
6588298
Research Organizations:
Colin Godmans, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Country of Origin:
Switzerland
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: CODEN: EVCNA; ISSN 0376-8929
Submitting Site:
HEDB
Size:
Pages: 65-70
Announcement Date:
Nov 01, 1982

Journal Article:

Citation Formats

Worthington, E. B. The ecological century. Switzerland: N. p., 1981. Web.
Worthington, E. B. The ecological century. Switzerland.
Worthington, E. B. 1981. "The ecological century." Switzerland.
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title = {The ecological century}
author = {Worthington, E. B.}
abstractNote = {This essay attempts to reconstruct the evolution of Ecology as the scientific basis for environmental conservation and human progress, as seen through the eyes of a biologist who has exercised that science during a number of tasks in various parts of the world over most of the twentieth century. From its beginnings in evolutionary thinking during the nineteenth century, ecology emerged from natural history at the beginning of the twentieth. At first the running was made by botanists; but this was soon followed by zoologists, who dealt with more mobile communities. The first quarter-century was mainly exploratory; the second was mainly descriptive (although biological exploration was still dominant in the tropics). The third quarter saw ecology developing into an experimental science, and, as the environmental revolution got into its stride, ecology became organized both nationally and internationally. Although the term is now often misused and sometimes misunderstood by laymen, the last quarter-century is seeing the wide application of ecology in environmental and human affairs, and this gives some assurance that the twenty-first century will not become one of chaos.}
journal = {Environmental Conservation}
issue = {4}
volume = {8}
journal type = {AC}
place = {Switzerland}
year = {1981}
month = {Jan}
}