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Learn about ecosystems

Climate change and urban sprawl are threats to coral reefs, forests, prairies, and other ecosystems. Protecting these habitats are a priority for conservationists. Learn about ecosystems with online courses delivered through edX.

What is an ecosystem?

An ecosystem is an environment of interconnected organisms and physical elements. A coral reef’s ecosystem, for example, consists of coral, sand, microorganisms, sea anemones, seaweed, shellfish and fish of all sizes. Ecosystems can be large, like Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, or small, like a terrarium. Ecosystems of all sizes are maintained by the interaction of all organic and inorganic components in a constant cycle of energy and nutrients, driven mainly through photosynthesis.

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How to learn about ecosystems online

Learners have the option of pursuing online courses in specialized topics, including but not limited to, tropical coastal ecosystems and environmental management. From foundational tutorials to advanced courses, a variety of educational opportunities are available that can fit different learners’ needs. Courses can cover everything from basic environmental conservation to how to use satellite imagery to manage wildfires.

How can learning about ecosystems help careers?

Professionals in environmental science and conservation can use knowledge of ecosystems to assess major threats to the environment. They can research ways to preserve the environment, save species from extinction, and help combat climate change. Ecosystem experts can work in government or the private sector, and can advise political leaders and organizations about the environmental impact of plans for highways, factories, oil wells, and more. Explore how online courses with edX can advance your personal and professional goals, and start your learning journey today.