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18 Fall - Ecology

Ecology Vocab

QuestionAnswer
Anchoring Phenomena the actions we take as humans impact the ecosystems around us
Ecology the study of living and non-living things in their environment
Abiotic Factors nonliving parts of an organism’s habitat
Habitat the specific environment that provides the things that an organism needs to live, grow, and reproduce
Biotic Factors Living parts of a habitat
Organism a living thing made up of one or more cells and can carry on the activities of life
Niche an organism’s way of life (role or job) within an ecosystem
Competition the struggle between organisms to survive as they attempt to use the same limited resource
Predation organisms kill one another for food; Predator/Prey
Population all the members of one species in a particular area
Limiting factors things that keep a population from growing
Carrying Capacity largest population that can be supported in an area over time
Population Communities different populations that interact with one another in an area
Primary Succession series of changes where no soil or organisms exist
Secondary Succession series of changes that occur in an area where the ecosystem has been disturbed but soil and organisms still exist
Ecosystems community of organisms that live in an area along with their nonliving surroundings
Biosphere the parts of the Earth where life exists
Immigration new members joining the population
Emigration members leaving the population
Pioneer Species Carried by wind or water (seeds, mosses, lichens) or Soil formation by weathered rock
Created by: lprinke