Population ecology is the study of the distribution and abundance of animals in nature. This perspective was first clearly set out by Elton and was elaborated in The Distribution and Abundance of Animals.
Dr. Charles Birch has been an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney since 1983. In 1961 he was honored as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1980. He became a member of the Club of Rome in 1980 and is an Honorary Life Fellow of the British Ecological Society. He is also an Honorary Life Member of the Ecological Society of America. The Eminent Ecologist Award was presented to him in 1988 and he was awarded the Templeton Prize in 1990. Birch is a member of the Center for Process Studies, the American Center for a Post Modern World, and the World Council of Churches. Dr. Charles Birch has written nine books and sixty publications on science, religion, and human existence. He lives in Darling Point, New South Wales, Australia.