The Man Who Invented Modern Ecology
Posted by Richard Conniff on October 9, 2016
Given four minutes, this film by Patrick Lynch at Yale says a great deal about G. Evelyn Hutchinson, who founded the science of modern ecology, largely by studying a lake just outside New Haven:
Among his many other influences, other writers made Hutchinson’s work the basis for the Gaia Theory, the popular idea of the Earth as a “single giant living system,” in which organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings to form a synergistic self-regulating, complex system that helps to maintain and perpetuate the conditions for life on the planet.
You can read more about Hutchinson in my book House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and the Story of Life on Earth (Yale, 2016).