The set of organisms living in a particular place and the physical and chemical environment with which they interact.
Spatial scales vary tremendously
Local scale: lake or forest tract. Regional scale: ocean basin. Global scale: the ocean.
The study of the distribution of species on earth, on both long and short time scales.
Why are species found where they are? What are the physical factors that influence the current distribution of species? How does the distribution of a sp
The study of the interactions among species living in a particular geographic area.
Types of ecological interactions. Resources and resource utilization. Niches. Competition. Predation. Keystone species and community structure.
Life history strategies.
Specialized stages and strategies. Reproductive value.
Population structure and dynamics.
Geometric and exponential growth. Life tables. Carrying capacity, logistic equation. Population regulation.
Module 4: Ecology
The study of the interactions of organisms with their physical and biological environment.
Everything is connected to everything else.
Behavior Life history strategies and population dynamics Interactions between indivi
Chapter 5: The Structure and Function of Large Biological Molecules Overview: The Molecules of Life The critically important large molecules of all living things fall into four main classes: Carbohydrates Proteins Nucleic acids Lipids
M acro m ol e c ul e
Chapter 8: An In t roduction to Metabolism Overview: Then Energy of Life T he process known as cellular respiration drives the cellular econom y by e xtracting the energy stored in sugars and other fuels Cells apply this energy to do various things Transp
Intro to Ecology Physical Environment Behavioral ecology Foraging and defense against predation Mate choice and sexual selection Kin selection and altruism Population ecology Structure, dynamics, & regulation of populations Life histories Human population