lecture_notes_9_10_f07 - Lecture Notes INTRODUCTION TO...

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Lecture Notes 9/10/07 INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY Definitions Roots of Ecology 1. Exploration and Observations of Natural History 2. Environmental Crises 3. Theoretical Developments in other Fields 4. Advances in Research Technology Approaches To Ecological Research--Both Field and Lab 1. Systematic Observations 2. Hypothesis-Testing Experiments 3. Physical Models 4. Theoretical Models System Concept The idea that phenomena can be described as consisting of a series of interconnected components and the interactions among them Major Levels of Ecological Organization (Nested Systems) To understand each level, need to look at the levels below and above for explanations. Levels below help explain what is possible; levels above set limits (constraints) on what is allowed Organism Population Community Ecosystem Landscape
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ORGANISM/ENVIRONMENT RELATIONSHIPS An ORGANISM is an OPEN SYSTEM, exchanging matter and energy with its surroundings The ENVIRONMENT is the setting within which an organism can function as a
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  • Fall '07
  • HOWELL
  • Ecology, Ecological Organization, Research Technology Approaches To Ecological Research, Organism Population Community Ecosystem Landscape, Environment Abiotic Environmental

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