Introduction to Ecosystems

Gain an understanding of the natural world, how the web of life works, with illustrations from around the world.

About The Course

If we don’t grasp why ecosystems function, it becomes harder to determine possible reasons for when they don’t, and makes it difficult to identify possible environmental threats to humans. In this course you will discover how organisms are linked together by complex interrelationships, how such links are studied and how the physical properties of a particular habitat interact with the organisms that inhabit it. Using case studies, you will come to learn how knowledge of ecosystems leads to understanding of their individual importance, and how they can be preserved.

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Recommended Background

This course is intended for those with an interest in natural history, conservation or the environment and does not require any previous experience of studying these subjects.