The word ecology is derived from the Greek word oikos, meaning “house.” Literally taken, ecology is the study of organisms in their home, or more broadly, the interconnections in nature. Students in the ecology program learn how the different components of the earth’s environment—air, water, soil and organisms—relate to one another. Studies of such interactions allow students to understand how organisms embedded in their environments function.
At Susquehanna University, the teaching and research in ecology cover a wide range of topics from the study of streams, lakes, and wetlands to nutrient cycling and aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Specialties of the participating faculty include aquatic ecology, soil science, behavioral ecology, paleoecology, vertebrate ecology and plant ecology.