phe·​nol·​o·​gy | \ fi-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce phenology (audio) \

Definition of phenology

1 : a branch of science dealing with the relations between climate and periodic biological phenomena (such as bird migration or plant flowering)
2 : periodic biological phenomena that are correlated with climatic conditions

Other Words from phenology

phenological \ ˌfē-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce phenology (audio) \ adjective
phenologically \ ˌfē-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce phenology (audio) \ adverb

Examples of phenology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The observation that favors the hypothesis that climate affects phenology, or the timing of biological events, by altering the age profile of the population, a study published November in the Royal Society Journals found. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 12 Feb. 2022 There are also shifts in phenology, or the seasonal timing of biological events, such as when deer are born or when birds return from migration. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 12 Feb. 2022 Researchers focus on phenology, or when bees are actively flying, because that has shifted with changing climatic conditions, said Seltmann, also the director of the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration at UC Santa Barbara. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Oct. 2021 The work is an experiment in resiliency, which ecologists hope will help guide restoration management in Illinois as climate change continues to affect plant phenology. Yadira Sanchez Olson,, 14 July 2021 Thoreau was fascinated by phenology, the study of the way the year turns, when things bloom and birds migrate and animals hibernate or wake, and his notes on these phenomena are now used by scientists to record the changing climate., 8 July 2021 And although our survival no longer relies entirely on these cues, watching the seasons — a practice called phenology — inspires a deeper appreciation for the workings of nature and our impacts on it. Star Tribune, 11 Mar. 2021 Botanists have long studied what governs the timing of tree’s cyclic processes, also called their phenology. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, 30 Nov. 2020 Rainfall anomalies in the southern Amazon basin associated with ENSO cycles are a possible proximate cue affecting phenology and clutch size. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 7 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of phenology

circa 1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for phenology

phenomena + -logy

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“Phenology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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