means home, habitat or environment.
means what is believed to be true about science.
living organisms and their environments.
But, something is wrong with
Humans are not separate from all other living organisms and
We do not live in a
bubble that keeps us apart from the rest of life on our
planet. Humans are very much a part of the
interactions that take place in the web of life.
In fact, we have a very profound effect on species and
the global environment, so we need to include ourselves
(the human species) as we study about the environment of
the world we live in.
The Ecological Society of America
defines ecology more
"Ecology is the scientific discipline that is concerned
with the relationships between organisms and their past,
present, and future environments. These relationships
include physiological responses of individuals,
structure and dynamics of populations, interactions
among species, organization of biological communities,
and processing of energy and matter in ecosystems."
"A mind stretched by a new idea can never go back to its original dimension."
||- Oliver Wendell Holmes
are provided below and throughout the website
to help you learn about ecology and scientific investigation.
Ecology Resources for
Learn more about ecology and how you
can become an ecologist. Links to an ecology project and
ecology club ideas.
The Ecological Society of America
This site is packed full of information,
and we've got links to some of the specific information scattered
throughout our site. Go into the main page (above) and click
your way around and investigate the investigators. Or you
can start off here:
What do ecologists do?
Click on individual names to learn more about each scientist's career.
Clicking "next" at the bottom of the page brings up the next group
is described as: "knowledge or a system of
Science is an ongoing
process of a systematized, orderly accumulation of data and understanding,
based upon scientific observation, experiment and testing.
Much science is based on theories, or scientifically acceptable
explanations of things.
explanation based upon what we know.
(example: What caused the extinction of dinosaurs?)
but scientific analysis indicates it is most likely true.
Einstein's Theory of Relativity
be true in all scientific tests conducted
within the range of our knowledge and capability.
(example: The Law of Gravity)
for official definitions, search various dictionaries here
Within the range of our
knowledge and capability...We know much more today about such
things as planets, living organisms, medicine, and Earth's
interior than our ancestors did in the past. They based
their knowledge on what was previously thought to be true and
their own observations and experimentation. Others came
along with more "ifs," "ands," and
"buts," and applied further scientific observation,
experimentation and testing, along with more technology (new
inventions such as space telescopes and computers), and modified
and expanded our base of scientific knowledge. Today's scientists,
like previous scientists, also utilize past knowledge and apply
their own theories and current scientific methods available to
them to come up with explanations, and hopefully facts which can
be proven in all cases (well, in all cases that we know of up to
this time). What we accept as fact today may very well
change in the future; probably will change in the future (that's
our theory). Scientific knowledge is
ever-changing as we continue to develop greater technology to help
us analyze information.
Science is not based upon the
studies of one individual, but upon the scientific studies of all
those in pursuit of knowledge, both past and present.
Sharing in our scientific research and information regarding
issues relating to the health of the environment, Earth and living
organisms is a major advancement in our progress toward
sustainability. Right now scientists
around the world are working feverishly to try and understand the
workings of the Earth system, global climate, global warming and
cooling, the hydrological (water) cycle, the carbon cycle,
and the effects human activities are having on natural
processes. Take a look at what's going on in international
research on our Global
Change page - it's
phenomenal! And the scientific community is going to need
the youth of today to be educationally prepared to continue
increasing our understanding and putting more pieces of the puzzle together in our ongoing pursuit of
knowledge and search for solutions toward a sustainable world
any of the sciences that deal
with the Earth and one or more of its parts
||The sciences dealing with the Earth
(geology, geography, geophysics, geochemistry).
But they don't have to begin with
"geo." There is hydrology, soil
science, botany, oceanography and many other
fields of science that pertain to Earth.
science that deals with the history of the Earth
and its life; especially as recorded in rocks.
(also, a study of the solid matter of a celestial
study of ancient life on Earth
Want to go on a fossil hunt? Let's
study of ancient environments and their
relationships to ancient plants and animals.
the past to help us learn what worked - and what didn't work.
We learn from the history of Earth, from the fossils in rocks, and from our
mistakes in the past.
This helps us make better decisions now for the future.
"Wander back through the ages to an alien planet
called Earth. Learn about dinosaurs, bizarre plants, fossils,
soils, geography, geology, and
American Quaternary Association (AMQUA)
is a professional organization of North American scientists devoted to studying all aspects of the Quaternary Period, about the last 2 million years of Earth history.
Time Chart - Take a trip back in time, 4,500 million years
Below the color-coded chart is a color graphic of various colored
spaces in a straight line representing time periods. Note
the small black space - that represents from today all the way
back to 11,000 years ago. 11,000 years in that tiny space!
Our average lifespan is but a speck in the history of Earth.
From 5 million years ago back to 23 million years ago is
considered "moderately recent"!
Biology and Ecology "No
ecosystem can be studied in isolation."
Wonderful educational material about the ecology of streams and
rivers written by a biologist. We have this link on our
WaterWebs page, but we thought it appropriate to list here also
since it explains the scientific method of study in their
(Under the various sections, click the "Tell me more"
buttons, and scroll all the way to the bottom of the pages so you won't miss anything)
Your Own Lab Coat (Nat'l
Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)
Scientists tell you about their interesting work in different
fields. Careers in health and science are
interesting, fun, and rewarding. Links to other resources are provided.
Helping transform the nation's
college and university campuses into living models of an
ecologically sustainable society. Conservation projects,
scholarships, internships, and training for a new generation of
environmental leaders. Established and supported by the
National Wildlife Federation.
|Environmental Science Major--Overview and Introduction
(Cornell University -
Center for the Environment)
If you are thinking about majoring in the environmental sciences
in your educational endeavors, scroll through this list of course
requirements and options to give you an idea of the broad variety
of disciplines involved in environmental science.
Note: There are many fine institutions offering
environmental education and we are not promoting one over
another. High school students should start preparing early
and investigate all their options.
|Unity College A small independent college
in rural Maine which focuses on education in the fields of environmental science, natural resource
management, wilderness-based outdoor recreation leadership, and related fields.
Resource Center - Start
preparing now developing skills and values to work in the
environmental fields. Hiking, swimming, map and compass
reading, tracking animals, and bird and plant identification are
some of the skills you can work on yourself. Links to
information and directories related to employment and
internships (states, federal, overseas, seasonal/full time,
environmental sciences and general).
provides links to help you become "more efficient and
effective learners." Scroll down the list and you will
find some great resources, like help on procrastination! So
what are you waiting for?
|Student Conservation Association
Want to work with conservation professionals and count Orcas from a kayak off
Alaska, be part of an archaeological survey team in New Mexico, be
a wildlife intern in a national park, build nature trails in the
mountains? See what opportunities are available in the
environmental and conservation services.
Spend Summer in Forests - MSNBC report
Click on the video and listen to what students have to say about
spending a month deep inside a national park forest working on
projects to help the environment.
Ecological studies in the
Ecology Project in Amazonia
Large-scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA)
has begun in the Amazon rainforest sponsored by NASA and the
Brazilian government. Over 150 scientists and students will
participate from various countries in a cooperative effort to study
and investigate the region's impact on global change, and develop information for sustainable resource management solutions.
Extensive research will be conducted on the water/nutrients/carbon
cycle, land-use (such as logging and pastures), and many other
projects pertaining to the hydrology, meteorology and ecology of
this massive ecosystem. A tower has been constructed for
field researchers to climb up into the high canopy of the
In left frame:
Read the Introduction
Click into Education/Outreach and view the Slide Show
(in English, PortuguÍs or EspaŮol)
As this research develops, there will be more information
available on their site.
only way to have real success in science ... is to describe the evidence
carefully without regard to the way you feel it should be. If you have a
must try to explain what's good about it and what's bad about it
equally. In science
you learn a kind of standard integrity and honesty.
To be able to help our planet, it is
important for everyone on Earth
to learn as much as we can about what our planet needs for its environment
to allow its natural life-giving processes to continue.
Click on the OWL if you give
a "hoot" about natural resources
We need to know which ones are
renewable and which ones are not renewable