Zoology - N50107 - Ecology Life History and Populations...

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Ecology: Life History and Populations Ecology – study of the relationship between organisms and their environment Incorporates almost everything we’ve covered so far.  Eco means home and ology means the study of. The relationship between those living things and how they impact the non living  environment, and how the non living impacts the living. Biotic – interactions among the living Abiotic – influence of the nonliving environment Some major questions asked by ecologists: 1. Why are organisms found in a particular place? (life history, populations and  communities) 2. Why are there differences in the distribution and abundance of organisms?  (ecosystems, community ecologists) 3. What types of interactions do organisms have with their environment?  (communities and ecosystems) Hierarchy of Ecological Classification 1. biosphere 2. ecosystems – tropical rainforest, tundra, desert, etc. 3.
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