human ecology

noun

Definition of human ecology

1 : a branch of sociology dealing especially with the spatial and temporal interrelationships between humans and their economic, social, and political organization
2 : the ecology of human communities and populations especially as concerned with preservation of environmental quality (as of air or water) through proper application of conservation and civil engineering practices

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Recent Examples on the Web The new contract also sets Drake’s salary as Distinguished University Professor in the departments of medicine, ophthalmology and education and human ecology, beginning July 1 through June 30, 2024. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Ohio State University could pay President Michael Drake more than $1.4 million the year after he steps down," 28 Feb. 2020 Planting as many trees as possible would reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by about 9 gigatons each year, according to Pamela McElwee, a professor of human ecology at Rutgers University and one of the report’s lead authors. Christopher Flavelle, BostonGlobe.com, "Climate change threatens the world’s food supply, United Nations warns," 8 Aug. 2019 Planting as many trees as possible would reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by about nine gigatons each year, according to Pamela McElwee, a professor of human ecology at Rutgers University and one of the report’s lead authors. Christopher Flavelle, New York Times, "Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of human ecology

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Human ecology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/human%20ecology. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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human ecology

noun

Medical Definition of human ecology

1 : a branch of sociology concerned especially with the study of the spatial and temporal interrelationships between human beings and their economic, social, and political organization
2 : the ecology of human communities and populations especially as concerned with preservation of environmental quality (as of air or water) through proper application of conservation and civil engineering practices

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