More fun with Google n-grams!
As requested by Jacquelyn Gill and Jeff Ollerton, here are the data for paleoecology and biogeography, with population ecology included for comparison.
Apparently your field has been slowly dying since the late 1970s, Jacquelyn! Perhaps because it’s being crushed by the biogeography juggernaut!
As shown below, some zombie ideas are dying. Others, not so much.
Ecology has a long way to go to penetrate the general consciousness the way evolution has:
Who says ecologists focus too much on competition to the exclusion of other processes?:
Apparently, Ecology Letters has a long way to go before it becomes the leading journal in ecology:
By the way, Google n-grams are case sensitive. So no, the line for “American Naturalist” isn’t affected by mentions of the phrase “American naturalist”. Also by the way, I didn’t include Ecology because that would’ve picked up too many mentions having nothing to do with the journal. Which I’m sure is totally not an issue with Oikos. Nope, no way. 😉
The Ecological Society of America is indeed the world’s leading ecological scientific society. And the British Ecological Society looks like it’ll go extinct in the next decade or so:
Just kidding, British Ecological Society!
Good to know that good ecology overtook bad ecology around 1970 and hasn’t looked back. Probably due to Robert MacArthur’s influence. But apparently, good ecology is produced in cycles with a 17 year period, much like outbreaks of periodic cicadas. Presumably that’s the timescale of Kuhnian cycles of normal science-accumulating anomalies-scientific revolution. Or something. 🙂
And finally, Google Ngrams only covers books published before 2009, so can’t detect this blog’s massive but recent influence: