Who coined Biodiversity?

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tommyerols
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Who coined Biodiversity?

Post by tommyerols » Mon May 21, 2012 8:22 am

I remember a time, not too long ago, when biology of systems and collections of animals and plants was referred to as ecology. Now we seem to be using the word "biodiversity" for basically the same study and subject. I can see the usefulness of the term biodiversity, because it implies a need a save the many individual species. And I suppose there is a political value in the unquestionable association of ecosystem health with saving all of the individual species.
Does anyone have a good history of this movement which can identify the first few uses of the term and how it came to supremecy over the terms ecology and ecosystem?
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Post by JorgeLobo » Mon May 21, 2012 11:40 am

Probably tracks back to EO Wilson (60's) and Soule reviewed its departure from science:
http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/1 ... 9020543347

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Re: Who coined Biodiversity?

Post by philip44 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:51 am

The term's contracted from biodiversity may have been coined by the W.G Rosen in 1985. While planing the 1986 national forum on Biological Diversity organized by the National Research Council (NRC). Biodiversity generally refers to the variety and variability of life on earth.

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