Ecological issues have effects on our lives, whether or not we know them. It is valid for other sciences such as chemistry or physics, to also cause these effects. However, in the age of quick and global environmental alteration, it seems necessary to cultivate a group or society that knows about ecological and evolution issues. The key concepts in this guide outline the link between understanding ecology and the lives of humans. These concepts include successions, trade-offs, population dynamics, global ecology, and element cycles.
The trade-off notion underlies the physiological bases and evolutionary life strategies. They also remain inherent in land-use decisions that societies make. For example, uses of land that offer ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration and preservation of biodiversity tend to lower the production of crops and vice versa.
In the ecological community, succession is a direct change over time and includes both deterministic and random components. As such, this concept becomes a challenge to groups, students, or societies that engage in ecological issues or studies. You can think of what will happen when you stop mowing a yard for five to fifty years. What kind of species would replace the existing ones? And why?
The population of an organism can increase, shrink over time, or remain the same. Logistic and exponential growth processes regulate carrying capacity and population size. Therefore, they help in the trajectory of the human population and protecting the endangered species in the ecosystem.
Many people remain unaware of the diversity and magnitude of modifications of humans on the planet. Thus, societies, students, and groups should learn about the ecosystem, evolution and ecology. Communities can find an extensive list of topics to choose from. The list includes:
- Habitation fragmentation and land-cover change
- Ocean acidification
- Biodiversity loss
- Biotic invasions
- Effects of cumulative greenhouse gas absorption in the atmosphere