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Unformatted text preview: As you move down the list, the level of understanding decreases Levels of organization Physiological ecology Organismal level Population ecology Population level Community ecology Community level Ecosystem ecology Ecosystem level Global ecology Global level Also conservation, restoration, landscape, behavioral, microbial, terrestrial, extreme, historical, etc. ecology Characteristics of scale Temporal variation Spatial variation Questions (How, What, Why?) Different levels of analysis and different points of view of study Descriptive, functional, and evolutionary Levels of ecology study come from multiple sources Observations Field experiments Lab experiments Need: Replication of treatments/control Assignment of treatments randomly Statistical analysis of results Mathematical models All ecologists use the scientific method...
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