Units of Study

  • Robert S. De Santo
Part of the Heidelberg Science Library book series (HSL)


The conventional pattern for teaching ecology is usually to envelop the student in a shroud of detail and fundamentals and facts that seem calculated to confuse and shake that novice. Supposedly, science is founded on fact so perhaps rote fact is a logical place to start. In fact, however, the best scientists are people of broad interests. They are interesting and not at all shallow or draped in facts and are not especially interested in conversation limited to the circle of their special field of scientific fact. They are also people not generally impressed by their own originality and not especially concerned with the significance of their work or the recognitions given them or withheld from them. They are, however, obsessed by a need to understand how their work relates to their surrounding environment and world. This need and curiosity is particularly well developed in the ecologist even before he or she consciously decides to call her- or himself by that label.


Littoral Zone Terrestrial Environment Ecologic Point Forest Biome Compensation Level 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert S. De Santo
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  1. 1.De Leuw, Cather & CompanyUSA

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