Charles Elton paved the way for all the research that is now done in Oxford University’s Wytham Woods.

The Laboratory With Leaves (Part 11): The Father of Ecology

Charles Elton was the ‘Father of Ecology’, and paved the way for all the research that is now done in Oxford University’s outdoor laboratory, Wytham Woods.

His detailed and quirky diaries – written over twenty years of study – offer an intriguing insight into this groundbreaking period, and represent the first time many scientific observations had ever been made, preserved on paper to offer today’s researchers a window into the past.

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By Brian Rosen
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I graduated in Geology but had to become a tropical marine ecologist too when I begun my doctoral field work on modern coral reefs of the Seychelles. Basically, I had to teach myself principles of ecology and this how I discovered Elton's work. His work was a significant influence on my own ecological work even though I was under water and Elton had been on land in his wood. But then coral reefs are a bit like woodland, anyway.

By Wilhelmina van Rooy
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Excellent short informative documentary about C. Elton and his work. I intend to use this to support the Australian context e.g. Joseph Banks, John Gould etc and thereby provide a wider perspective to intending high school biology teachers. Thank you.

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