Course Process

Systems Ecology Overview

In this module we will be giving a high-level overview to the domain of systems ecology, describing it as the application of systems theory to the study of ecology, as it studies the interaction between organisms and their abiotic environment through systems models. We talk about how it is based upon the process of reasoning called synthesis that is focused primarily on the interaction between systems components and the patterns that emerge out of this instead of the properties of the components themselves. We briefly discuss some of the basic principles and theories within this area, including systems theory that provides the basic abstract generic models. Energetics that helps to study the flow of energy and materials through networks of biotic and abiotic elements within an ecosystem and try to understand the universal thermodynamic laws that govern these processes.