General Interview Questions - Ecology Basics
1. Describe the source of energy within ecosystems and how that energy passes through an ecosystem.
2. What is the role of predators and pathogens within an ecosystem?
 
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1. Ecology is the study of the inter-relationships between organisms and their environment. It includes how organisms are impacted by their environment and how they, in turn, impact their environment.

2. The major source of energy that flows through ecological systems is the sun. This energy is captured primarily through photosynthesis. Additional sources of energy are found in chemicals.

3. A number of different approaches are used to characterize ecological processes. The trophic-dynamic concept, tracks energy flow through populations, communities, ecosystems and the entire globe.
4. The biogeochemical cycle concept, tracks materials and elements through populations, communities, ecosystems and the entire globe.
5. Ecological interactions can occur at the level of individuals, populations and communities. Such interactions include symbiosis, competition, predation, succession, and stability.
6. Population dynamics are a complex function of environmental factors, organismic behavior and fecundity, predation, pathogenesis, and cooperation (interorganismic and intrapopulation interactions).
7. Much of what is meant by the term natural selection can be best understood in terms of ecological interactions and principles.

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