By Draven Sneed
Charles Darwin was an English naturalist whose works and studies contributed to the modern understanding of biodiversity. His work established evolutionary descent with modification as the dominant explanation diversification in nature.
Darwin's studies also led him to the idea of natural selection and this is where he fits into the studies of enviornmental science. Natural selection is the gradual natural process by which biological traits either become more or less common in a population as a function of the effect of inherited traits on the differential reproductive success of organisms interacting with the enviornment. This is a key element in evolution.