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1 Levels of Organization
The smallest level of organization is a single organism, which belongs to a population that includes other members of its species.

2 Levels of Organization
The population belongs to a community of different species.

3 Levels of Organization
The community and abiotic factors together form an ecosystem.

4 Habitat The environment that provides the things an organism
needs to live, grow, and reproduce is called it’s HABITAT. One area may contain many habitats (habitats can overlap, but they seldom share resources – think different parts of the tree, forest floor, lake, etc.) Organisms live in different habitats because they have different requirements for survival.

5 Biotic and Abiotic Factors
Biotic Factors are the Living Parts of a Habitat Biotic Factors include: grass and plants Hawks, ferrets, badgers and eagles Worms, bacteria, and fungi that live in the soil

6 Biotic and Abiotic Factors
Abiotic Factors are the Non-Living Parts of a Habitat Abiotic Factors include: Water Sunlight Oxygen Temperature Soil

7 Changes in Population Size
Populations fluctuate. Populations can change in size when new members join the population or when members leave the population.

8 Changes in Population Activity
Organisms usually leave a population by dying. Organisms usually join a population by being born into it. Organisms can join a population by moving into it – immigration OR Organisms can leave a population by moving out of it - emigation

9 Some limiting factors are:
A limiting factor is an environmental factor that causes a population to stop growing. Some limiting factors are: Food Water Space Light Soil composition Weather conditions

10 CARRYING CAPACITY Carrying Capacity is the largest population that an area can support. If more organisms were to come, they would not have enough food for all to survive. A population usually stays near it’s carrying capacity because of the limiting factors.

11 Food Chains and Food Webs
The movement of energy though an ecosystem can be shown in diagrams called food chains and food webs.

12 Energy Pyramids The most energy is available at the producer level of the pyramid. As you move up the pyramid, each level has less energy available than the level below. Only 10% of the energy is available to the next higher level.

13 Adapting to the Environment
Every organism has a variety of adaptations that are suited to its specific living conditions and allow the organism to successively survive and reproduce in its environment.

14 Interaction among Organisms
There are 3 types of interaction among organisms. Competition – struggle to survive while using the same limited resources, usually results in niche specialization (warblers feed at different parts of spruce trees) Predation – one organism kills another for food (snake and mouse) Symbiosis – at least one species benefits

15 Interaction among Organisms
Predation: Results in changes in population size Results in adaptations predator adaptations: allow predators to catch/kill prey prey adaptations: allow prey to avoid being killed camouflage mimicry false coloring warning coloring

16 Interaction among Organisms
Symbiosis: a close relationship between two species that benefits at least one of the species Mutualism (+,+) : A relationship that benefits both species. (acacia tree and stinging ants) Commensalism (+,0) : A relationship where one species is helped but the other is neither helped or harmed. (red-tailed hawk and cactus) Parasitism (+,-): A relationship where one organism lives on or in another and harming it. (tape worm in wolf)

17 Cycles of Matter The supply of matter in an ecosystem is limited and must be recycled. Matter is transferred from one organism to another in the food web and between organisms and the environment. water cycle: evaporation, condensation, precipitation producers, consumer, and decomposers recycle carbon and nitrogen which are a major building block of living things carbon cycle: movement through air, soil, water, and living things (becomes available via air) nitrogen cycle: movement through air, soil, and living things (nitrogen becomes available via soil)

18 Changes in Communities
Primary succession: series of changes that occur in an area where no soil or organisms exist pioneer species – first species to populate the area Example: volcanic eruption – pioneer species – soil creation – fertile soil – mature plants Secondary succession: series of changes that occur in an area where the ecosystem exists but has been disturbed (after a fire) Example: fire – plant growth – mature plants

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