General Ecology

What is Ecology?
-a science dealing with organisms in their environment.-the study of Interactions (ie. predation, competition, parasitism, mutualism,etc) between organisms and their environment(biotic or abiotic)
Why Study Ecology?
-major way of understanding our world-to determine the impact we are having on our planet
Ecological Levels of Organization
Organism/Individual->Population->Community->Ecosystem
Emergent Properties
properties that emerge at one level and are not present at the lower levelsexample:Life is an emergent property of the cell level