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10-30 Notes[1] - Ecology The scientific study of the...

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Ecology – The scientific study of the interactions between organisms and their environments The environment o can be divided into two major components o These components determine the distribution and abundance of living organisms The Abiotic component – Consists of nonliving chemical and physical factors The biotic component – Includes the living factors The interactions between organisms and the environment include how the environment affects the organism as well as how the organism affects the environment Ecology as Scientific Study o Natural history as a “discovery science” remains fundamental to ecology o Ecology began as a descriptive science Ecology has become more experimental over the years o An example on an ecological experiment – Testing a hypothesis regarding growth of algae in lakes o Ecologists may even test hypotheses in lab experiments or by manipulating populations and communities in the field o
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