Introduction to Ecosystems and Ecology

Ecology is the study of the inter-relationships between organisms and their environment (including abiotic (non-living) and biotic (living) factors) and it pretty much spans most of biology. It studies the biosphere, which is the land, water and air which supports life and surrounds the Earth. It includes all living organisms on earth, together with the dead organic matter produced by them. Ecology is essential to our understanding of life on Earth (well, in my opinion anyway 😉 )

Here is a helpful (I hope) flow chart of how everything (well, not everything, obviously…) fits together:



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