Hacker News article A series of questions and answers to those often asked questions about ecology.
What is “ecology”?
What are “ecological” synonyms?
What does “ecologically related” mean?
What do “ecosystems” mean in this context?
How do you distinguish ecological from natural?
What “ecologies” are you familiar with?
How are they different from other “ecoesystems”?
Why do “species” and “ecotypes” seem to be synonymous?
Why are we using terms like “eco” and not “ecosphere”?
How should we use “economy” in other contexts?
How is the definition of “ecologies” defined?
What terms do you find confusing?
How can I get started with “ecocidal” and similar questions?
How to tell when you’ve seen something wrong with the term “ecocide”?
How does the term ecological compare to the terms “environmental” and the term natural?
How many different ways of thinking about “ecocentrism” and other such terms?
How would “econometrics” apply to ecology?
How could we improve the definition and use of “species”, “ecotype”, “species-level” and so on?
How did “ecocomposites” come about?
What’s the meaning of the term ecodiversity?
What should we make of the “ecovillage” and related terms?
What could ecodivisibility mean?
What kinds of ecologies are more or less ecologically relevant?
How much does it matter what a “species is”?
How different is the “species community” and a “ecome community”?
How might species conservation affect the conservation of “sustainable species”?
How important are ecological systems to the fate of ecosystems?
How diverse is the ecosphere?
How well do ecologists understand the natural world?
How will species-level conservation work in the future?
How closely can we predict ecological systems?
How often do ecological processes overlap with human-mediated processes?
How complex is the process of ecological change?
What would you call a “fossil record”?
How accurate is the ecological information we have about the world?
What can you do with “eco”?
What sorts of information are we collecting about “species”?
What happens when a “environmentally sensitive” system is removed from the natural environment?
How reliable is the information we gather about species from natural sources?
How sensitive are natural processes to natural factors?
What processes have the most impact on the ecological community?
What sort of information is we collecting in relation to a natural system?
How effective are ecological monitoring efforts?
How long do ecological monitoring projects last?
How efficient are natural monitoring efforts in terms of information?
How good are natural environmental monitoring efforts, in terms in terms on how much information we collect?
How successful are monitoring programs?
How likely is it that ecological information is not being accurately processed?
What role does natural information play in the process?
How easy is it to manipulate ecological information?
How fast can we change natural information?
What kind of information does a “natural system” need?
How robust are natural information systems?
What information is available to scientists?
What type of information should a scientist use in his or her work?
What types of information do we collect about a natural environment that can be used to interpret it?
What systems and systems of ecological information are available to the public?
What aspects of our natural environment are under the control of the natural community?
What might we call “natural” in a world that is increasingly defined by technological progress?
What problems do we need to deal with in a system that is continually changing?
What issues can we address to better understand the “natural world”?
What about “human” in the ecologic picture?
What factors might be considered “human”?
How far does human impact on nature extend?
How stable are natural systems in relation, for example, to the development of agriculture?
How common are ecological problems?
What characteristics are important in deciding whether a system is “natural?”
What may be called the “problem of natural systems” (see also, “natural systems” or “ecodiversity” in general).
How useful are the tools available to biologists to study