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- The definition of ecology and ecosystems
- Methods used to research ecological phenomenon
- How an ecosystem functions
- The hydrologic cycle and its relationship with evaporation and transpiration
- Basics of the phosphorous cycle, nitrogen cycle, and carbon cycle
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1. What Is Ecology? - Definition & Explanation
From the largest animals to bacteria invisible to the human eye, the survival of any organism depends on its interaction with the environment. In this lesson you will learn the basics about ecology, the scientific study of these interactions.
2. The Environment, Levels of Ecology and Ecosystems
Do you know the difference between an environment and an ecosystem? In this lesson, you'll find out what makes an environment, and what makes an ecosystem. You'll also learn what ecology is and some of the ways that scientists study ecology using organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems and even the entire biosphere.
3. Ecological Research Methods: Observation, Modeling & Experimentation
What is ecology? And how do ecologists research ecosystems? Learn about the three main research methods: observation (including direct and indirect surveying), modeling, and experimentation in or outside the lab.
4. Abiotic Factors of an Ecosystem: Definition & Examples
When it comes to ecosystems, a mountain, a river, and a cloud have more in common than you might think. Abiotic factors have specific and important roles in nature because they help shape and define ecosystems.
5. What Is Conservation Biology? - Definition & Principles
Conservation biology aims to reduce the human impact on the environment by looking for the causes and possible solutions to these problems. In this lesson, you'll learn about conservation biology and the different types of conservation.
6. Autotrophs and Heterotrophs
Ever wonder where your energy comes from? What about a plant's energy? And where does it go? Learn about the flow of energy through the food chain in this lesson on autotrophs and heterotrophs.
7. Food Chains, Trophic Levels and Energy Flow in an Ecosystem
In this lesson, you'll learn about food chains, food webs, and the different roles that organisms play in an ecosystem. You'll also learn about how energy flows through an ecosystem.
8. How Evaporation & Transpiration Contribute to the Hydrologic Cycle
Evaporation and transpiration are important components of the water cycle, and while they are the same process they arise from different sources. In this video lesson you will learn about these two parts of the cycle and how they contribute to the overall movement of water on Earth.
9. Biogeochemical Cycling and the Phosphorus Cycle
In this video lesson, we'll take a look at how elements large and small use other elements to grow. This is achieved through cycles. We'll look at macronutrients, trace elements and the biogeochemical and phosphorous cycles.
10. Cycles of Matter: The Nitrogen Cycle and the Carbon Cycle
Matter is constantly cycled between living and nonliving parts of the environment. Processes like photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation allow the carbon and nitrogen cycles to regenerate needed substances by recycling Earth's atoms.
11. What Is Biomass? - Definition & Explanation
In this lesson, you'll learn what ecologists use to quantify the amount of matter in an ecological community. This often relates to the amount of energy being produced by various parts of that community.
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Other chapters within the Holt McDougal Biology: Online Textbook Help course
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 1: Biology in the 21st Century
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 2: Chemistry of Life
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 3: Cell Structure & Function
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 4: Cells & Energy
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 5: Cell Growth & Division
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 6: Meiosis & Mendel
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 7: Extending Mendelian Genetics
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 8: From DNA to Proteins
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 9: Frontiers of Biotechnology
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 10: Principles of Evolution
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 11: The Evolution of Populations
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 12: The History of Life
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 14: Interactions in Ecosystems
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 15: The Biosphere
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 16: Human Impact on Ecosystems
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 17: The Tree of Life
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 18: Viruses & Prokaryotes
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 19: Protists & Fungi
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 20: Plant Diversity
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 21: Plant Structure & Function
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 22: Plant Growth, Reproduction & Response
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 23: Invertebrate Diversity
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 24: A Closer Look at Arthropods
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 25: Vertebrate Diversity
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 26: A Closer Look at Amniotes
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 27: Animal Behavior
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 28: Human Systems & Homeostasis
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 29: Nervous & Endocrine Systems
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 30: Respiratory & Circulatory Systems
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 31: Immune System & Disease
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 32: Digestive & Excretory Systems
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 33: Protection, Support & Movement
- Holt McDougal Biology Chapter 34: Reproduction & Development