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Ecology 1 - Ecology 1 Chapters 52 and 54 Overview The Scope...

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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 Fig. 52-2 Organismal ecology Population ecology Community ecology Ecosystem ecology Landscape ecology Global ecology The Scope of Ecological Research Ecologists work at levels ranging from individual organisms to the planet Organismal ecology studies how an organism’s structure, physiology, and (for animals) behavior meet environmental challenges Why do grey whales migrate?
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