Marine Ecology

Marine Ecology

Marine Ecology

Marine Ecology

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The science of ecology embraces all aspects of the interrelations of organisms and their environment, and since the organisms themselves are part of the environment, their own interrelations form part of the study. A field as broad as this of necessity makes contact with many other sciences. Within the limits of marine ecology as defined here, the ecologist is concerned with physical and chemical oceanography as well as with meteorology and marine geology in describing and explaining the physical and chemical aspects of the environment. He is concerned with physiology and animal behavior in understanding the reactions of the organisms to particular conditions. Taxonomy plays a vital role in defining the species, races, etc., with which he is dealing, and itself receives help from ecology in explaining problems of speciation and race formation. Biochemistry and biophysics similarly interlock with ecology, whereas mathematics, and particularly statistics, comprises a vital section of ecological studies. The list . . .

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