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The Open University

Introduction to Ecosystems

The Open University via FutureLearn

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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.

All Open University science courses presented on FutureLearn are produced with the kind support of Dangoor Education.

Find out more in David Robinson’s post for the FutureLearn blog: “Why learn about ecosystems?”

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.

Taught by

David Robinson


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  • I took this course because I wanted to learn about ecosystems and it made me want to get out there in the countryside with the lecturers. I learned about the inter-dependencies within and between ecosystems, oceans and wetlands ecosystems, human impact on ecosystems and much more. The videos in the field are great. I didn't know there are flying squirrels in the UK for instance. Definitely worth it!

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