Ecology notes
What is ecology?  What are some areas in which knowledge of ecology might be applied?

 
 
 
 

What is the biosphere?  What actual range does it encompass?
 
 
 
 

What is the biological definition of a “population”?  What is population ecology?
 
 
 
 
 

What are life tables and survivorship curves?  How are these used?
 
 
 
 

What is a niche?
 
 
 
 

Define the following and give examples of each (see next page also).

-predation
 

-parasitism
 
 
 

-commensalism
 
 

-mutualism
 
 
 

What are trophic levels?  Name them and illustrate a sequence of them with examples of an organism you would find at that level in the sequence.
 
 
 
 
 
 

What is a trophic pyrimid?  Illustrate one.
 
 
 
 

What is a food web?  Create a realistic, but simple one.
 
 
 
 

What is carrying capacity?  Give an example of how you might examine this.
 
 
 
 
 
 

What is succession?  Give an example of primary and secondary succession.
 
 
 
 


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