Ecological science
Ecology (from Greek: οἶκος, "house"; -λογία, "study of") is the scientific analysis and study of interactions among organisms and their environment, such as the interactions organisms have with ea...
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Scientists Warn Great Barrier Reef Is On Brink Of Collapse
Scientists have warned that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is so damaged it is undergoing a “complete ecosystem collapse” Fish populations are disappearing and parts of the great barrier reef in Queen...
How this itty-bitty ocean-dwelling bacteria regulates our climate
In researching some of the smallest, simplest cells known to science, researchers have made an accidental discovery, putting these bacteria at the center of a cycle that helps regulate our planet's cl...
Dust From Sahara Makes Significant Impact On Caribbean Sea Ecosystem, Research Shows
Atmospherically transported dust from the Sahara Desert, the largest desert in the world, is bringing iron and other nutrients to underwater plants in the Caribbean, but bacteria may be the first thin...
3,000 Arctic Reindeer Face a Mighty Water Crossing
Elle-Helene, a young girl from northern Norway, leads the dramatic migration of 3,000 reindeer across 2 1/2 km of freezing water to new pasture.
New Snake Species With Pitch Black Eyes From The Andes Highlights Hidden Diversity
Extremely rare and hidden in the forests of the Andes, there are still new snake species left to find. This has recently been evidenced by the colubrid serpent, described for the first time in the pre...
What Makes A Leader? Clues From The Animal Kingdom
As the American media continues to buzz over who is more or less likely to secure the Republican and Democratic nominations for US President, researchers in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution r...
New Giant Tortoise Species Found In Galapagos
The discovery of the new species, detailed in a study reported today (Oct. 21) in the journal "PLOS ONE," is likely to help focus attention on the newly named Eastern Santa Cruz Tortoise (Chelonoidis ...
Sperm Whales Develop Culture, Regional Accents
A study comprising 18 years of data has found that, just like humans, sperm whales develop "culture" as evidenced by their regional dialects. Some of the most intelligent animals can be found, not on ...
Starfish-Killing Robot Close To Trials On Great Barrier Reef
An autonomous starfish-killing robot is close to being ready for trials on the Great Barrier Reef, researchers say. Crown-of-thorns starfish have have been described as a significant threat to coral. ...
Without Humans, The Whole World Could Look Like Serengeti
The fact that the greatest diversity of large mammals is found in Africa reflects past human activities -- and not climatic or other environmental constraints. This is determined in a new study, which...
One Small Bite For Man: NASA Astronauts Eat Space-Grown Food
Crew members on the International Space Station on Monday sampled red romaine lettuce, the first food to be grown and eaten in space. Monday morning on the International Space Station, NASA astronauts...
Diversity & Inclusion – Love Has No Labels
While the vast majority of Americans consider themselves unprejudiced, many of us unintentionally make snap judgments about people based on what we see—whether it’s race, age, gender, religion, sexual...
Milton’s Escarpment Artists celebrate biosphere in latest exhibit
The natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment and the inspiration that nine artists draw from it has come together in the Holcim Gallery.
The scale and beauty of these animals' mass migration will stop you in your tracks
While we are talking about mass movement in migration here, these awesome pics will literally stop you in your tracks. And it’s not surprising when you think it’s thousands and thousands of each anima...
Integrative level
An integrative level, or level of organization, is a set of phenomena emerging on pre-existing phenomena of lower level. Typical examples include life emerging on non-living substances, and consciousn...
Biological organisation
A population of bees shimmers in response to a predator.Biological organization, is the hierarchy of complex biological structures and systems that define life using a reductionistic approach. The t...
Biodiversity
Biodiversity is the degree of variation of life. It is a measure of the variety of organisms present in different ecosystems. This can refer to genetic variation, ecosystem variation, or species varia...
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Habitat
A habitat is an ecological or environmental area that is inhabited by a particular species of animal, plant, or other type of organism. It is the natural environment in which an organism lives, or the...
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Ecological niche
In ecology, a niche (, /ˈniːʃ/ or /ˈnɪtʃ/) is a term with a variety of meanings related to the behavior of a species living under specific environmental conditions. The ecological niche describes how ...
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Niche construction
Niche construction is the process in which an organism alters its own (or other species') environment, often but not always in a manner that increases its chances of survival. Changes that organisms b...
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Biome
Biomes /ˈbaɪoʊmz/ are climatically and geographically defined as contiguous areas with similar climatic conditions on the Earth, such as communities of plants, animals, soil organisms, and viruses and...
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Biosphere
The biosphere is the global sum of all ecosystems. It can also be termed the zone of life on Earth, a closed system (apart from solar and cosmic radiation and heat from the interior of the Earth), and...
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Ecosphere
Ecosphere has several different meanings:
Population ecology
Population ecology or autoecology is a sub-field of ecology that deals with the dynamics of species populations and how these populations interact with the environment. It is the study of how the popu...
Metapopulation
A metapopulation consists of a group of spatially separated populations of the same species which interact at some level. The term metapopulation was coined by Richard Levins in 1969 to describe a mod...
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Animal migration
Animal migration is the relatively long-distance movement of individuals, usually on a seasonal basis. It is found in all major animal groups, including birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, in...
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Community ecology
In ecology, a community or biocoenosis is an assemblage or associations of populations of two or more different species occupying the same geographical area and in a particular time. The term communit...
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Ecosystem ecology
Ecosystem ecology is the integrated study of living (biotic) and non-living (abiotic) components of ecosystems and their interactions within an ecosystem framework. This science examines how ecosystem...
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