McDonough MacKenzie Coauthors Paper on History of Ecology and Conservation

by Colby College

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie coauthored a new paper titled “Trends in ecology and conservation over eight decades” published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. This research reviews 80 years, 52 journals, and a half-billion words to track changes in the way that ecologists write about ecological and conservation research. The paper traces the trends in words and phrases published in peer-reviewed papers since 1930 and tracks the evolution of ecology from a largely descriptive field focused on natural history and observational studies to a more data‐driven, multidisciplinary field focused on applied environmental issues.

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