NOTES - What is ecology? o Study of the interaction between...

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What is ecology? o Study of the interaction between an organism and its environment o Study of the structure and function of nature o Study of the processes influencing the distribution and abundance of organisms, the interactions among organisms, and the interactions between organisms and the transformation and flux of energy and matter Disciplines within Ecology o Plant, Animal, Physiological, Population, Community, Ecosystem, Landscape, and Human Ecology. How Ecologist Do Things; Ecology is a Science o Paul Colinvaux – “The science that asks “why?” o Scientific Method o Hypothesis o Experiment Population o A group of individuals of the same species that occur together at the same time and the same location [ecologist definition] Ex. Plant Species (reference) Phlox Austin, TX August 200 Ex. Animal Species (reference) Extended Ex. Species: Gray Squirrel Time: 1980 vs. 2003-2004 o March: 22.8/ha [1980] Number of squirrels / acre (hecor?) o
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course ACCTCY 2036 taught by Professor Cunningham during the Spring '11 term at Missouri (Mizzou).

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