Lecture 1 Outline - 09-25

Lecture 1 Outline - 09-25 - Lecture 1: Introduction &...

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Ecology – the study of organisms and how they interact and relate to one another and the environment. Includes – genetics, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, geology, behavior, biochemistry and physiology From these approaches – biosphere, organism, population, community, ecosystem Ecology is studied: Field Observations Generate hypothesis = “educated guess” Observational vs. manipulative experiments Statistical analysis of data Accept or reject hypothesis Learning to observe… Patterns of Nature… Hypothesis Testing… Hypothesis – proposed explanation for a phenomenon Null hypothesis – a statement of no difference between sets of values formulated for statistical testing Ecology is a “Science” Stochastic vs. Deterministic The Hierarchy of Earth’s Biological Systems: Biosphere – global processes Ecosystem – energy flux and cycling of nutrients Community – interactions among populations
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This note was uploaded on 03/13/2011 for the course ENVS 24 taught by Professor Washburn during the Spring '07 term at UCSC.

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Lecture 1 Outline - 09-25 - Lecture 1: Introduction &...

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