Some opening bids:
- 1859, the publication year of Darwin’s Origin of Species. Much of ecology can’t be understood unless you know about evolution. And the biogeography in the Origin is pretty much on the money.
- 1972 saw the publication of MacArthur’s Geographical Ecology, synthesizing much of his massively influential work. 1972 also was the year Bob May published his famous result on stability and complexity in model ecosystems.
- 1976. May’s Nature paper on chaos in the discrete time logistic equation. Charnov’s marginal value theorem of optimal foraging. Stearn’s review of life history theory, arguably the most influential review paper in ecological history.
- 1977. Holt 1977 (apparent competition). Grubb 1977 (regeneration niche). Grime 1977 (CSR hypothesis). Brown & Kodric-Brown 1977 (rescue effect). Connell & Slayter 1977 (alternative modes of succession).
This should be a fun comment thread!
**Seriously, it was 1967.***
***No, YOU’RE wrong. It was 1967, dammit!****
****[puts fingers in ears, sings “Are You Experienced?” at the top of his lungs]