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The study of the ecological interrelationships among communities of organisms.

syn′e·co·log′ic (-kə-lŏj′ĭk), syn′e·co·log′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.


(Biology) the ecological study of communities of plants and animals. Compare autecology
synecologic, synˌecoˈlogical adj
synˌecoˈlogically adv


(ˌsɪn ɪˈkɒl ə dʒi)

the ecological study of the relations between natural communities and their environments. Compare autecology.
syn`ec•o•log′ic (-ɛk əˈlɒdʒ ɪk) syn`ec•o•log′i•cal, adj.
syn`ec•o•log′i•cal•ly, adv.


the branch of ecology that studies the relation of various groups of organisms to their common environment. Cf. autecology.
See also: Biology
the branch of ecology that studies the relationship between plant and animal communities and their environments. — synecologic, synecological, adj.
See also: Environment
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22, 2016, the port of seattle commission created the airport community ecology (ace) fund to support projects and programs that make ecological and environmental improvements in the cities of seatac, burien, and des moines.
The forest formations and community ecology of the mixed dipterocarp forests of the aseasonal wet Indonesian archipelago is well summarised, but dipterocarp-rich forests of seasonal continental Asia less so.
He has added a new chapter on community ecology to introduce students more fully to interactions between plants and their surroundings.
The author first discusses here what the biological community actually is, and makes community ecology terms clearer for readers.
There are also chapters regarding decomposition microbiology, soil chemistry, molecular biology, engineering, behavioral and community ecology, and a chapter about use of surface hydrocarbons for identifying age and species of forensically important arthropods.
Using the University of TennesseeKnoxville's Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology as an example, the following subdisciplines are just some of those studied in ecology: "ecology, evolutionary biology, animal behavior, conservation biology, behavioral and population genetics, computational biology, development of theory for evolution and ecology, ecosystem and community ecology, global change biology, and diverse areas of organismal biology" (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2015).
Key words: Evolutionary ecology mammalian endemism scale-dependence community ecology
He and his students conduct fieldwork in the US, and many other parts around the globe and his current projects include: 1) population structure of amphidromous fishes of Micronesia, 2) evolution and systematics of the gobiid genera Ctenogobius, Oxyurichthys, Stiphodon and Sicydium, as well as the cryptobenthic Pacific coral reef fish community ecology and evolution, 3) ecological speciation and adaptive radiation of gobies, 4) cryptic speciation in African freshwater sleepers (Eleotridae: Kribia), and 5) conservation genetics of California desert fishes.
Research interests: community ecology, pollution ecology, and ecological restoration.
The community ecology of macroarthropod detritivores.
Plants in Changing Environments: Linking Physiological, Population, and Community Ecology.
At 60 minutes, Lords of Nature is too long for a single class period, but the middle offers a natural stopping point for teachers who are focusing on community ecology but not necessarily covering wildlife management.

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