Lecture 26 Ecology 1

Lecture 26 Ecology 1 - Overview The Scope of Ecology...

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1 Ecology 1 Chapters 52 and 54 Overview: The Scope of Ecology Ecology is the scientific study of the interactions between organisms and the environment (term derived from Greek, oikos - place to live , logos to study) These interactions determine distribution of organisms and their abundance Ecology reveals the richness of the biosphere Observation Hypothesis Quantify Manipulate Revise hypothesis Sham Cage Darwin - “Natural Historian” Fig. 52-3 Trough Pipe “Dry” “Wet” “Ambient” Walker Branch Watershed. Pipes and troughs used to move water between plots to study how forest responds to altered precipitation
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