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  • What is ecology?

    Deane Wang on Ecologically Speaking
    Imagine you are in the backwoods of Vermont. Looking around, you see trees. You might even see some bright foliage, if you are looking in the right time of year. You might see some chickadees and hear a […]
    Posted April 24, 2015.
  • Understanding interactions, relationships, and connections

    Deane Wang on Ecologically Speaking
    If you were to go to the glossary of my Ecology textbook, you would find that in natural science ecology is typically defined as the study of the interactions and relationships between the biotic (living) and […]
    Posted March 23, 2015.
  • What is an ecological view?

    Deane Wang on Ecologically Speaking
    An ecological view sees nothing in isolation and everything in an infinite network of interconnections. An ecological view recognizes the limitations of knowledge, perception, and experience; an ecological view […]
    Posted March 15, 2015.
  • An ecological worldview

    Deane Wang on Ecologically Speaking
    Ecology demands that we alter our worldview to consider all aspects of a concept, and all of the interconnected relationships in our environments. In a sense, the values of ecology are the opposite of the values […]
    Posted March 08, 2015.
  • Ecology of college decisions

    Deane Wang on Ecologically Speaking
    An ecological view of the world is one that integrates a variety of ways of thinking. To think ecologically, you must approach every issue as if it had infinite facets, and be willing to explore each one until you […]
    Posted March 03, 2015.
  • Humans in an ecological system

    Deane Wang on Ecologically Speaking
    Stemming from biology, ecology looks at ecosystems and their ability to be successful. Ecologists look at every part of an ecosystem to begin to understand the complex relationships between each species, and how […]
    Posted March 02, 2015.
  • An ecological view of the Boston Olympics 2024

    Deane Wang on Ecologically Speaking
    To employ an ecological view about the world one is essentially removing oneself from its current situation in time and thinking about a given situation holistically. In order to use this ecological view to look […]
    Posted March 02, 2015.
  • Naming the inherent

    Deane Wang on Ecologically Speaking
    The difference I see between an ecological view of the world and simply a view of the world is the awareness that any understanding of this life is ecological. Humans, after all, possess the innate capability to […]
    Posted March 02, 2015.
  • An ecological view

    Deane Wang on Ecologically Speaking
    An ecological view of the world looks at all the connections and interactions that make the world what we know it to be. This perspective would focus on not only the actual “world”, but also all the factors that […]
    Posted March 02, 2015.
  • An ecological view

    Deane Wang on Ecologically Speaking
    If you ask most people what they think ‘ecology’ is, you’ll probably get a response that it has something to do with the plants and animals in the environment. While this definition is not wrong, it doesn’t quite […]
    Posted March 02, 2015.
  • Why we need ecology

    Deane Wang on Ecologically Speaking
    So what is “ecology” anyway? Besides a word we use in rhetoric to sound smarter, or a buzzword enmeshed in “green washing,” simply put, ecology is the study of interactions. Adopting an “ecological view” allows us […]
    Posted March 02, 2015.
  • Ecology: A Web of Connections

    Deane Wang on Ecologically Speaking
    Ecology, in relation to natural science, is the study of connections between organisms and the living (biotic) and nonliving (abiotic) elements of their surrounding environment. However, the field of ecology is […]
    Posted March 01, 2015.
  • How looking through a different lens may allow you to see the world differently

    Deane Wang on Ecologically Speaking
    Ecology is often thought of as a sub discipline of biology, while this initial understanding of ecology as, “the study of ecosystems and how they work”, is correct we can expand on this definition. Ecology can […]
    Posted March 01, 2015.
  • Improving an Individual’s Relationship to the World

    Deane Wang on Ecologically Speaking
    When I think of ecology, a variety of different terms come to mind- environment, sustainability, interactions, and many more. There is no clear cut definition of ecology as there are so many different […]
    Posted March 01, 2015.
  • Ecology of an emergency room

    Deane Wang on Ecologically Speaking
    Ecology in a general sense is the examination of the components that comprise a larger system and observing how the components interact with or influence each other within the system. To take an ecological view is […]
    Posted March 01, 2015.
  • Ecology of political parties?

    Deane Wang on Ecologically Speaking
    Ecology is a broad, complex term that strives to describe the endless interactions that are taking place between all of the entities, whether living or nonliving, found on this planet. In other words, a single […]
    Posted March 01, 2015.
  • Learning from Nature

    Learning from Nature
    Deane Wang on Ecology and Human Survival
    Each strategy nature has invented to protect organism from hot or cold could be employed in separating a solar heat load on a house in Arizona from the space inside the house. Building designers and engineers have had their own favorite design and construction approaches, but the question now is, if global warming and peak oil […]
    Posted December 11, 2009.
  • Food systems considered

    Food systems considered
    Deane Wang on Ecology and Human Survival
    Learning about food chains, food webs, ecological efficiency, food pyramids, chemical energy, etc. in natural systems is certainly interesting, and critical to managing those systems. But is any of this knowledge useful in comparing and contrasting with human food systems? Which part of the human system would we want to consider (for example, just…[Read more]
    Posted December 03, 2009.
  • Staying in control

    Staying in control
    Deane Wang on Ecology and Human Survival
    Global change will be the defining question of the 21st Century. How does the Earth work and are we now capable of altering major global processes? The upcoming Copenhagen conference will continue that international dialog. The outcomes of these discusssions, resolutions, and international agreements depend on many political, social, economic, and…[Read more]
    Posted November 19, 2009.
  • Millions of moving parts

    Millions of moving parts
    Deane Wang on Ecology and Human Survival
    Think about your lawn (or your neighbors). You may mow, weed, fertilize, pesticide the place to achieve the model Scott’s monoculture, but as soon as you stop, this even, level, uniform space quickly grows in “weed” diversity. If a niche is a special place (like a south-facing, dry, rocky slope), then why do many species move […]
    Posted November 11, 2009.
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