Explore these sections in Ecology Basics:
Ecologists see patterns in the landscape called natural communities. What's the value of naming and mapping the patterns?
How do animals need plants, and vice versa?
How do the differences among plants make them great at living in community?
How do things that happen in nature (think floods, ice storms, falling trees, animals eating or pollinating plants, etc.) shape natural communities?
What keeps a natural community healthy? What threatens its survival?