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Unit 4: Ecology and Conservation

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    Figure 4.1: A skipper caught by a crab spider, camouflaged in a sunflower. Image by Kammy Algiers (CC-BY)

    Ecology is the study of the interaction of organisms with their biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) environment. Plant ecologists study plants across many different biomes, both terrestrial and aqautic. They may be interested in studying plants at different levels of organization, such as the population level, the community level, or the ecosystem level. Many plant ecologists are interested in conservation biology, protecting the diversity of plants from human impacts. Understanding the connections between plants and other organisms helps us solve scientific problems and understand our world better.


    This page titled Unit 4: Ecology and Conservation is shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Melissa Ha, Maria Morrow, & Kammy Algiers (ASCCC Open Educational Resources Initiative) .

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