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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 52 POPULATION ECOLOGY Chapter 52 POPULATION ECOLOGY Coping with the Environment Coping with the Environment *Ecology the study of how organisms (plants, animals, etc.) relate to each other and their physical environment. *Physical factors that determine what organisms live where: *Land habitats - *Water habitats *Adaptations to a change in the environment may be short-term or long term. *Short-term *Physiological *Morphological *Behavioral *Long term adaptation involves evolution and natural selection . Ex. animals in cold environments have decreased surface area compared with relatives in warm environments. Populations Populations *Population - groups of individuals from the same species that occur in one place at the same time. *Population ecology: study of how the numbers of individuals in a population change over time. *Population Characteristics: *Range *Spacing distribution within a population....
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