This topic will provide an introduction to the fundamental ideas and practices of ecology, the study of the interactions between organisms and their environment. The topic provides a background in the fundamental principles of ecological science across multiple levels of organization including the individual organism, the population, the community, and the ecosystem. Students will gain an appreciation of 1) how ecologists employ the scientific process in answering questions about ecological systems and 2) how ecologist apply this knowledge to the conservation and management of populations, communities and ecosystems, and the services they provide.
This topic aims to provide an introduction to the fundamental ideas and practices of the science of ecology.
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