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ecology
study of how organisms interact with their environment.
biota
All the organisms that are part of an ecosystem.
Climate components
temperature, water, sunlight, wind
most critical climatic factors
temperature and water
What determines global climate patterns?
- solar energy input
- planet’s movement in space
Adiabatic process
heat content is constant
The capacity of air to hold moisture varies with
temperature
Coriolis Effect
Freely moving objects appear to follow curved paths over the surface of the earth
The surface circulation of the ocean is driven by
prevailing winds
Population ecologists
focus on what governs the dynamics of
populations of a single species.
Community ecologists
study the interactions between populations;
eg, predation and competition.
Behavioral ecologists
interested in understanding the adaptive
significance of “behavioral” characters.