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Ecology

The study of how living things interact with their surroundings. For example, an ecologist may study how a plant operates in different types of soil or whether or not bacteria thrive in various environs. Ecology is important in sustainable development to ensure that an action does not irreparably harm an environment.
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As a computer-savvy ecologist in the mid-1980s, Convis supported many conservation projects in Africa and southeast Asia.
A planet transforming itself into something warmer and scarier, as well as evolving ideas about environmental politics, the limits of knowledge, and the impossibility of pristine nature have challenged ecologists.
The review also served to summarize and clarify a fairly new debate for ecologists getting lost in the swirl of the latest terminology while also giving non-ecologists an understanding of what was currently being done in ecology and how their own science may relate to the definition of community.
The team of ecologists at the Warwick unit, who all have different specialisms, will advise on and oversee Coventry's green spaces and help find the best balance between development and natural open space.
While assuming that ecological communities are governed by principles yet to be discovered, ecologists seek a secular explanation for that unseen order, that is, an explanation for the enduring organization they attribute to ecosystems.
This trickle-down effect on vegetation is a reasonable idea, says ecologist Deborah Letourneau of the University of California, Santa Cruz.
A number of ecologists including UCLA's Savage and USGS's Allen suggest focusing restoration harvests on smaller trees to maintain scarce old-growth trees and also reducing road building and fuel loads around houses first to reduce fire hazard.
Ecologists must shift from a focus on the past--what ecosystems used to be and humans impact on nature--to a focus on the future.
Two vector ecologists, Paul O'Connor and Jacqueline Spoehel, find themselves at the front line of detecting the virus.
The CRM has been used for decades by population ecologists and others who count wildlife (LaPorte et al.
No one knows how many there are, but a recent estimate by wildlife ecologists put the number at over 31,000 in 12 western states.