Lab+10+-community+ecology+part+1 - Community Ecology Introduction to Ecology What is ecology Levels of biological hierarchy Community Ecology Types of

Lab+10+-community+ecology+part+1 - Community Ecology...

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Community Ecology
Introduction to Ecology What is ecology? Levels of biological hierarchy Community Ecology Types of interactions What ecologists do Detecting Patterns Developing and testing hypotheses ***Today’s lab!
Ecology is the study of: interactions between organisms and their environment Environment = biotic & abiotic environment distribution and abundance of organisms/species A way of understanding the natural world
Ecology Levels
Levels of biological hierarchy 1. Individual organisms - Physiological, evolutionary, and behavioral ecology
Levels of biological hierarchy 2. Populations = individuals of a species living in same locale - Densities, abundance, population dynamics - TODAY!
Levels of biological hierarchy 3. Communities = different species living in same locale - Interactions between species, diversity, food webs - i.e. predation, mutualisms, competition -> TODAY as well.
Levels of biological hierarchy 4. Ecosystems - all biotic and abiotic components of the system - Nutrient cycling, carbon cycle
Community Ecology
Competition
Intraspecific/ interspecific competition
Exploitation/ interference Competition
Competitive Exclusion
Resource Partitioning
Today’s Lab: Competition E. globulus

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