Introduction to Ecology
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Introduction to Ecology Course Outline

Module 1: Ecology in the Biosphere

Concepts Covered:

  • Module Introduction
  • What is the scope of ecology?
  • How is biogeography and ecology different?
  • What is a terrestrial biome?
  • How would you describe an aquatic biome?
  • What are the effects of climate and global climate change?

Module 2: Population's affect on community ecology

Concepts Covered:

  • Module Introduction
  • What is the purpose of population demography?
  • Why does natural selection have such a huge impact on life histories?
  • What are some environmental limits to population growth?
  • What are the dynamics of population and how are they regulated?
  • Why can human population growth be a bad thing?
  • How does community ecology function?
  • What are the proximate and ultimate causes of behavior in behavioral biology?

Module 3: Differing Ecosystems

Concepts Covered:

  • Module Introduction
  • What is the ecology of ecosystems?
  • How does energy flow through ecosystems?
  • What are biogeochemical cycles?

Module 4: Conservation Biology and Biodiversity

Concepts Covered:

  • Module Introduction
  • What is the biodiversity crisis?
  • Why is biodiversity important to human life?
  • When is biodiversity threatened?
  • How can we preserve biodiversity?

About the book

Introduction to Ecology

Ecology is the study of the interactions of living organisms with their environment. One core goal of ecology is to understand the distribution and abundance of living things in the physical environment. Attainment of this goal requires the integration of scientific disciplines inside and outside of biology. This is a modification of OpenStax Biology.

About the authors:

Senior Contributing Authors

Connie Rye, East Mississippi Community College
Robert Wise, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Vladimir Jurukovski, Suffolk County Community College
Jean DeSaix, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jung Choi, Georgia Institute of Technology
Yael Avissar, Rhode Island College

Contributing Authors

Shobhana Natarajan, Brookhaven College
Andrea Hazard, SUNY Cortland
Norman Johnson, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Sangha Saha, City College of Chicago
Graciela Brelles-Marino, California State University Pomona
Lisa Bonneau, Metropolitan Community College – Blue River
Summer Allen, Brown University
Allison van de Meene, University of Melbourne
Myriam Feldman, Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Bob Sullivan, Marist College
Linda Flora, Delaware County Community College

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