Chapter 50 Outline

Chapter 50 Outline - Chapter 50 Outline I. Introduction to...

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I. Introduction to Ecology 1. What Ecology is: A. The scientific study of interactions (relationships) between organisms (life) and the environment. These relationships are the deciding factor on where these organisms reside and how profuse they are. B. A descriptive science as well as a rigorous experimental science. 2. Who deserves props: A. Rachel Carson B. Carson is credited with starting the modern environmental/ecology movement C. Writer of Silent Spring 3. The Precautionary Principle A. Serves as a rule of thumb for all ecologists, stating that humans need to be concerned with how their actions affect the environment II. Types of Ecology 1. Organismal Ecology A. Study of how an organism’s structure and behavior meet environmental challenges. B. It includes how organisms acquire food, eliminate waste, reproduce, and such. 2. Population Ecology
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A. Study that primarily focuses on issues that influence how many individuals of a particular species live in a certain area. B. Sub-areas included in Population Ecology are species population, metapopulation, aggregation, deme, local population, and subpopulation 3. Community Ecology A. Deals with interacting population issues as a whole like demography, abundance, and such.
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This note was uploaded on 01/05/2011 for the course BIO 297 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Notre Dame.

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