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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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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.
One ecologist has remarked that the "striking absence of supporting empirical data" has by now produced "great doubts about the existence of universal laws in ecology.
Two vector ecologists, Paul O'Connor and Jacqueline Spoehel, find themselves at the front line of detecting the virus.
Ecologist Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez has been bitten many times while asleep.
Mary Cablk, an ecologist at the Desert Research Institute in Nevada, agrees that implementing the strategy is a challenge.
So too, say ecologists, are all other "non-native" or "invader" species that set up shop in ecosytems different from the ones in which they originated.
Ecologists have called for action to save the source of 90 per cent of the world's coffee bushes.
He reminded the printer that The Ecologist had never been sued in twenty-nine years, despite consistently railing against multinational corporations for damaging the environment.
Ecologist David Pimentel of Cornell University proposed in 1994 that a two-thirds reduction in world population is in order if humanity is to survive to the year 2100.
Gerald Lauer, an aquatic ecologist who has assisted PSE&G in studying the Delaware estuary ecology for more than 10 years, who maintained that station operation has not and will not harm aquatic species; Dr.
Larry Skinner, principal fish and wildlife ecologist with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, puts it this way: "Your chances of getting cancer from eating a weekly eight-ounce meal of trout caught in Lake Ontario is about the same as your lifetime risk of being murdered in the United States today--about 1 in 200.