Modern Trends and Future Developments
The growing field of systems ecology uses theoretical analysis and experimental methods to study the disruption of ecosystems and the dynamics of their reconstruction. Systems ecology requires people trained in a wide variety of disciplines: mathematics, computer technology, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, climatology, and taxonomy.
Ecologists are more and more involved in solving problems caused by increased human population, increased pollution, increased need for energy, and increased attempts to destroy ecosystems for human use. Ecology will be needed to help solve the problems of feeding the world's people, as well as to solve conservation problems ranging from the management of all kinds of native plants and wildlife to the preservation of endangered species.