Branches of Biology

Definition of Ecology/Conservation

Conservation ecology is the branch of ecology and evolutionary biology that deals with the preservation and management of biodiversity and natural resources. It is a discipline that is emerging rapidly as a result of the accelerating deterioration of natural systems and the worldwide epidemic of species extinctions.

Rachel Carson

  • Rachel was a writer, scientist, and ecologist, grew up simply in the small town of Springdale, Pennsylvania. She loved nature and the living world. She also wrote about her love for nature.
  • She was an American Marine Biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are created with advancing the global environment movement.
  • Rachel connects to biology because she studied environmental pollution and the natural history of the sea.

Alan Rabinowitz

  • Dr. Rabinowitz has traveled the world to study wildlife conservation and over the years has studied jaguars, clouded leopards, Asiatic leopards, tigers, Sumatran rhinos, bears, leopard cats, raccoons, and civets.
  • Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan, Rabinowitz served as the Executive Director of the Science and Exploration Division for the Wildlife Conservation Society for almost 30 years.
  • His work in Belize resulted in the world's first jaguar sanctuary; his work in Taiwan resulted in the establishment of this country's largest protected area and last piece of intact lowland forest; his work in Thailand generated the first field research on Indochinese tigers, Asiatic leopards, and leopard cats, in what was to become the region's first World Heritage Site; and his work in Myanmar has led to the creation of five new protected areas, including the country's first marine national park, first and largest Himalayan national park, and the world’s largest tiger reserve in the Hukaung Valley. In northern Myanmar, Dr. Rabinowitz also discovered a new large mammal species and the world’s most primitive deer, the leaf deer.

Dian Fossey

  • She was born on january 16, 1932 in san francisco california. She became interested in gorillas when she went on a trip to africa in 1963. She studied endangered gorillas for 2 decades before her unsolved murder.
  • She was zoologist best known for researching the endangered gorillas of the rwandan mountain forest from the 1960s to the 80s and for her mysterious murder. On december 26, 1985 she was found hacked to death presumably by poachers at her rwandan forest camp. no assailant has ever been found or prosecuted in her murder.