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A thorough understanding of ecology and evoluon is

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Unformatted text preview: course we will look at how organisms, assemblages of organisms, and organisms together with their environment are united to form ecological systems. •  We will also look at what processes caused these organisms to take on their appearance. •  A thorough understanding of ecology and evolu/on is important for many reasons. •  Perhaps, most importantly by understanding ecology and evolu/on we can meet the challenges of maintaining a suppor/ve environment in the face of increased ecological stress. Ecological systems •  An ecological system may be an organism, a popula/on, mul/ple popula/ons, an ecosystem or an en/re biosphere. •  Organism is the fundamental unit of ecology. •  Ecologists study nature...
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