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2 The study of the interactions between organisms and their environment. Environmental Science: Chapter 18

3 ecology community bioticecosystem population ecosystem ecologyabioticcommunity biotic ecosystem habitat abioticpopulation ecology community niche biosphere ecology

4 Section 1 Everything is Connected

5 Biotic factors: All the organisms that live together and interact with one another.

6 Abiotic factors: All of the physical factors (non-living things) that affect organisms Examples: water, air, soil, light, temperature, wind, humidity, waves, currents, gravity, etc.

7 Organism- An individual form of life Anything that can carry out life processes independently

8 Population- A group of individuals of the same species that live together in the same area at the same time.

9 Community- All of the populations of different species that live and interact in an area. Ex. Fawn Lake:

10 An ecosystem is made up of a community of organisms and it includes its ABIOTIC environment Example: the ocean, tropical rain forest, salt marsh, river, etc.

11 Biosphere The part of the earth where life exists.

12 5 Levels of Environmental Organization:

13 Salt Marsh Ecosystem:

14 LIVING THINGS NEED ENERGY! 99.9% of living things get their energy from where? Section 2


16 Black smokers ….feed clams and tube worms … energy here comes from sulfur chemicals inside the earth

17 These exist on average at depths of 6,890 feet below the surface of the oceans !

18 Submersible : Alvin


20 All organisms are either: A producer A consumer or A decomposer

21 What’s a Producer? Organisms that use sunlight directly to make food… Ex. plants, algae, some bacteria

22 Producers do this by the process of…

23 A Consumer Is an organism that eats other organisms –They eat producers (like plants) or –They eat other animals

24 What are the four types of Consumers?

25 Decomposers Organisms that get energy by breaking down the remains of dead organisms Ex. Bacteria, Fungi Known as “nature’s recyclers”

26 What are the 2 main decomposers? Bacteria ! Fungi !

27 This chain of energy transferring from one species to another can continue several more times, but it eventually ends. It ends with the dead animals that are broken down and used as food or nutrition by bacteria and fungi. As these organisms, referred to as decomposers, feed from the dead animals, they break down the complex organic compounds into simple nutrients. Decomposers play a very important role in this world because they take care of breaking down (cleaning) many dead material. There are more than 100,000 different types of decomposer organisms! These simpler nutrients are returned to the soil and can be used again by the plants. The energy transformation chain starts all over again.bacteriafungi


29 What’s the difference between a Food Chain and a Food Web?

30 Food Chain-shows how energy in food molecules flows from one organism to the next Food Web-a complex diagram showing many energy pathways in a real ecosystem

31 In a food chain or Food Web: The arrow shows the direction of energy movement. Which is correct? A) Worm Robin B) Robin Worm

32 What two things does an Energy Pyramid show? Number of organisms Amount of energy available at each level:





37 Wolves Canus lupis Used to be common throughout the country They are predators that prey on large animals such as elk, deer, moose, buffalo, bison Considered at the top of the Energy Pyramid in their ecosystem Almost wiped out as the wilderness was settled Results of their disappearance to the ecosystem?

38 Complete change of the food web: Elk populations increased… –Overgrazing (by elk) –Grasses became wiped out –Populations of animals dependant on grasses were wiped out (hares, prairie dogs, skunks, chipmunks, and other small mammals) Wipe-out of animals like foxes that eat the small mammals

39 In 1995 Wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park:

40 How’s a habitat different from a niche? Habitat- (where it lives) Niche- (its role within the ecosystem)

41 Spider Habitat? Niche?

42 Dog Habitat? Niche?

43 Maple Tree Habitat? Niche?


45 Types of Interactions … Section 3…

46 Interactions in the environment… Limiting Factors-things that slow the growth of a population such as food, water, or space, sunlight Carrying Capacity

47 The largest population that an environment can support over a long period of time.


49 Example in Bedford?… The deer population ! Carrying Capacity

50 Oh Deer Game !

51 Interactions with Other Organisms: There are 4 main ways that species and individuals affect each other: –Predators and Prey –Competition –Symbiosis –Coevolution

52 Predator-Prey One organism eats another: predator prey

53 Adaptations of predators and prey: Characteristics that improve an organism’s ability to survive and reproduce Ex. Goldenrod spider: –Ambush their prey –Camouflage their bodies

54 Prey adaptations: Warning coloration: Schooling in fish Herding in antelopes, zebras Camouflage Chemical defenses


56 Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other: "Does this taste funny to you?"

57 Competition When 2 or more individuals or populations try to use the same limited resource such as: Food Water Shelter Space Sunlight Can occur within a population as well as between populations of different species

58 Symbiosis: Mutualism Commensalism Parasitism

59 Mutualism Both organisms benefit: Coral polyps algae bacteria human intestines Lives inside Contain living

60 clownfish living in anemones I’m Nemo

61 Commensalism One benefits while one is unaffected: Remora fish live on the underside of sharks

62 Epiphytes Organisms (usually plants) that grow on other plants and do not harm them.

63 Examples of epiphytes… Air plants

64 Spanish moss

65 Lichens moss

66 Parasitism One benefits while the other is harmed: The animal the parasite lives on or in is called the HOST Fleas, ticks, worms, leeches

67 Tobacco Hornworm with parasitizing wasp eggs:

68 Coevolution The “long-term change” that takes place in two species because of their close interactions with each other. Example on next slide…

69 Flowers coevolved with pollinators…

70 Hummingbirds and ornithophilous flowers Hummingbirds and ornithophilous flowers have evolved to form a mutualistic relationship. It is prevalent in the bird’s biology as well as in the flower’s. Hummingbird flowers have nectar chemistry associated with the bird’s diet. Their color and morphology also coincide with the bird’s vision and morphology. The blooming times of these ornithophilous flowers have also been found to coincide with hummingbirds' breeding seasons.Hummingbirdsornithophilous

71 Garter snake and Rough-skinned newt Coevolution can occur between predator and prey species as in the case of the Rough-skinned Newt (Taricha granulosa) and the common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis). In this case, the newts produce a potent nerve toxin that concentrates in their skin. Garter snakes have evolved resistance to this toxin through a set of genetic mutations, and prey upon the newts. The relationship between these animals has resulted in an evolutionary arms race that has driven toxin levels in the newt to extreme levels.predatorpreyRough-skinned Newtgarter snaketoxinmutationsevolutionary arms race

72 Acacia ant and Swollen thorn acacia treeAcacia ant The ant provides protection for the tree against preying insects and other plants competing for sunlight, and the tree provides nourishment and shelter for the ant and the ants' larvae. [11][12] [11][12]


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