22 - BIO LECTURE NOTES (3/2/09) Ecology is the study of how...

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BIO LECTURE NOTES (3/2/09) Ecology is the study of how organisms interact with their environment. One of the ecology’s central goals is to understand the distribution and abundance of organisms. Areas of Ecological Study In ecology, researchers work at four main levels: organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Organismal Ecology Organismal ecologists explore the morphological, physiological, and behavioral adaptations that allow individuals organisms to live successfully Population Ecology A population is a group of individuals of the same species that lives in the same area at the same time Populations ecologists focus on how the numbers of individuals in a population change over time Community Ecology A biological community consists of the species that interact with one another within a particular area Community ecologists study the nature and consequences of the interactions among species in a community
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2009 for the course BIOL BIOL taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '08 term at Aberystwyth University.

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22 - BIO LECTURE NOTES (3/2/09) Ecology is the study of how...

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