About this title The late Eugene Odum was a pioneer in systems ecology and is credited with bringing ecosystems into the mainstream public consciousness as well as into introductory college instruction. The text retains its classic holistic approach to ecosystem science, but incorporates and integrates an evolutionary approach as well. Also, a final chapter entitled "Statistical Thinking for Students of Ecology" provides a quantitative synthesis to the field of statistics. Contemporary and engaging, this text brings clarity and specificity to the study of ecology in the twenty-first century. About the Author: Gene Odum completed a Ph. Gary W.

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Eugene Odum: The father of modern ecology January 9, by James Hataway Eugene Odum is lionized throughout science as the father of modern ecology and recognized by the University of Georgia as the founder of what became the Eugene P. Eugene Odum was not given to fits of anger, but this time he was furious. It was the fall of In a meeting with his colleagues, Odum suggested that his ecology class be required of all new biology majors.

His fellow scientists looked at him and laughed. Odum stormed out of the room but was not deterred. Eugene Odum pioneered the concept of the ecosystem — the holistic understanding of the environment as a system of interlocking biotic communities. Odum , a renowned sociologist at the University of North Carolina, who taught his sons to never lose sight of the big picture, and who urged Eugene to write his textbook. In his landmark book, Odum argued that we cannot hope to understand the environment without first appreciating the complex biological economy of shared resources, competition and cooperation.

The ecosystem, he was fond of saying, is greater than the sum of its parts. Now spanning more than square miles, this facility still serves as a unique outdoor lab where researchers study energy technologies and the effects of human activities on the natural environment. He was also instrumental in developing the University of Georgia Marine Institute , where he began a long-term analysis of salt marsh ecology and coastal food webs that inspired generations of wetland scientists.

While Odum was a careful and thoughtful researcher, his work often blurred the lines between science and advocacy. His pioneering work in ecology has changed the way we look at the natural world and our place in it.

In many ways, Odum had become the face of the movement, and his excitement was infectious. In all his public commentary, Odum never strayed far from his concept of holism. People in the university system were taking note of his accomplishments as well. Odum passed away at his Athens, Georgia, home in at the age of In , the Institute of Ecology was renamed in his honor as the Eugene P.

Odum School of Ecology. Eugene Odum passed away at his Athens home in at the age of His legacy, though, will live forever. Scientists like John Drake, who uses advanced computer models to help public health officials predict — and possibly prevent — the outbreak of devastating infectious diseases like Ebola and Zika. Or like Nina Wurzburger, who conducts research in ecosystems ranging from tropical rainforests to the arctic tundra, where she studies how plants, with the help of their symbiotic microbial partners, allow the ecosystem to rebound from destruction wrought by human activities and natural disasters.

Or James Byers, who studies the impact of invasive species on native animal and plant life in our oceans. These non-native species are a leading cause of endangerment and extinction of native life, and Byers is developing new tools to predict how and when invasive species will invade and what impacts they will have on the ecosystem. These projects are but a sample of the work conducted by Odum School faculty.

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Eugene Odum

Biography Edit Son of the sociologist Howard W. Odum , and older brother of the ecologist Howard T. Odum , E. Odum credited his father for imparting a holistic approach to exploring subjects. When contemplating where to conduct his advanced graduate work, he rejected both the University of Michigan and Cornell University , as he did not feel that this holism was embodied in their approach to their biology departments. The acre preserve had been founded in and its research station established in Raney [2] and Donald Griffin.


Eugene Odum: The father of modern ecology

Biography[ edit ] Son of the sociologist Howard W. Odum , and older brother of the ecologist Howard T. Odum , E. Odum credited his father for imparting a holistic approach to exploring subjects.

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