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IS 1 What is Ecology?

What is Ecology?

Section 3-1

p. 63-66

 

Interactions and Interdependence

 

pEcology – _______________________________________________________

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pThe biosphere contains the combined portions of the planet in which all life exists.

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pInteractions within the biosphere produce a web of ­_______________________ between organisms and the environment in which they live.

 

Levels of Organization

 

pTo understand relationships within the biosphere, ecologists ask questions about _______________________ and _________________________ that range in complexity from a single individual to the entire biosphere.

 

pSpecies – ________________________________________________________

 

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pPopulations – ____________________________________________________

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pCommunities – ___________________________________________________

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pEcosystem – _____________________________________________________

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pBiome – _________________________________________________________

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Ecological Methods

 

pScientists conduct modern ecological research using 3 basic approaches:

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pObserving

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pExperimenting

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pModeling

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