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Biology Notebook: 04.01 Ecology Objectives: Summarize the levels of organization studied in ecology Compare biotic and abiotic factors Describe the role of producers, consumers, and decomposers in ecosystems Explain how food chains and trophic levels are related Analyze feeding relationships in a food web Key Questions and Terms Notes Introduction to Ecology What is ecology? The scientific study of the interactions of living things with each other and the environment. Define environment. The sum of conditions affecting an organism, including all living and nonliving things in an area, such as plants, animals, weather, water, soil, landforms, and air What does an ecologist study? Every organism interacts with the living and on-living things around it. The study of ecology focuses on these relationships and predicts how living things impact one another and the environment in which they live. Ecologists examine the interactions between organisms and their environment, to uncover solutions to environmental challenges.

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