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A.EcoIntro - Ecology Introduction Why am I here Ecos = home...

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Ecology Introduction Heyer 1 Why am I here? Ecology Ecology Ecos Ecos = = home home Ecology : the study of …where an organism lives. – Range – Habitat – Distribution …how/why it lives there. Environment: factors of the habitat that affect the organism Niche: role of the organism affecting the environment Biosphere Ecosystem Community Population Organism THE REALM OF ECOLOGY Biosphere Ecosystems Communities Populations Organisms Biosphere Ecosystem Community Population Organismal Ecology: H ow an individual organism adjusts its physiology and/or behavior to respond to its environment. THE REALM OF ECOLOGY Biosphere Ecosystems Communities Populations Organisms
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Ecology Introduction Heyer 2 Biosphere Ecosystem Community Population Ecology: Interactions among members of the same species in a given habitat. THE REALM OF ECOLOGY Biosphere Ecosystems Communities Populations Organisms Biosphere Ecosystem Community Ecology: Interactions among members of all of the species in a given habitat. THE REALM OF ECOLOGY Biosphere Ecosystems Communities Populations Organisms Biosphere Ecosystem Ecology: Interactions between the species in a given habitat and their physical environment. THE REALM OF ECOLOGY Biosphere Ecosystems Communities Populations Organisms Biosphere Ecology: Interactions among all the ecosystems on the planet — Earth as a living system. THE REALM OF ECOLOGY Biosphere Ecosystems Communities Populations Organisms WHAT IS SCIENCE ? Attempts to discover the order in nature Makes predictions about what will happen • Method ical process of discovery and understanding WHAT IS SCIENCE ? Discrimination of what is true (reality) from what only appears to be true (illusion, prejudice, & story-telling) Science as a way of knowing knowing”
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