Biology Notebook: 04.01 Ecology
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
Introduction to Ecology
What is ecology?
The scientific study of the
interactions of living things with
each other and the 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