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Ecology: the studyof how organismsinteract with their environment, goal is to understandthe distribution andabundance of organisms Levels of ecological study Organismal ecology: researchers explore the morphological, physiological and behavioral adaptationsthat allow individuals to live in a particular area Populationecology: biologists focus onhow the numbersof individuals in a populationchange over time Population: a group of individuals of the same species that live in the same geographic area at the same interval of time, members of the populationsare capable of breeding to produce viable offspring. Behavioral ecology: studiescan reveal how an organism reacts to various environmental stimuli (ex. Breeding behavior) Physiological studies: studiescan reveal how an organismsurvives under altered environmental conditions Communityecology: communityconsists of the species that interact with each other within a particular area. Communityecologists askquestions aboutthe nature of interactions between species andthe consequencesof those interactions Ecosystem: consistsof all organismsin a particular region long with abiotic component(ex. Air, water, soil).At the ecosystemlevel, biologist studyhow
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  • Spring '11
  • JonathanStone,JamesQuinn
  • Ecology, □ Lake, aquatic ecosystems

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