2 Weather and Climate Weather is the day-to-day condition of Earth s atmosphere. Climate refers to average conditions over long periods and is defined by year-after-year patterns of temperature and precipitation. Environmental conditions can vary over small distances, creating microclimates.
3 Solar Energy and the Greenhouse Effect 1. Solar energy strikes Earth s surface. Some is reflected into space, and some is absorbed and converted into heat. some is trapped in the biosphere. 2. Greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, and water vapor. allows visible light to enter but trapping heat through a phenomenon called the greenhouse effect.
4 4.2 Niches and Community Interactions
5 The Niche A niche is the range of physical and biological conditions in which a species lives and the way the species obtains what it needs to survive and reproduce. Every species has its own range of tolerance, the ability to survive and reproduce under a range of environmental circumstances.
6 Tolerance A species tolerance for environmental conditions, then, helps determine its habitat the general place where an organism lives. Outside an organism s optimum range for a condition, the organism experiences stress and must expend more energy to maintain homeostasis (stable internal environment) Stress= less energy for growth and reproduction, more energy toward homeostasis
7 Defining the Niche An organism s niche describes not only the environment where it lives, but how it interacts with biotic and abiotic factors in the environment. The term resource can refer to any necessity of life, such as water, nutrients, light, food, or space. Birds on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, for example, all live in the same habitat but they prey on fish of different sizes and feed in different places.
8 Competition Competition occurs when organisms attempt to use the same limited ecological resource in the same place at the same time. Animals compete for resources such as food, mates, and places to live and raise their young. Competition can occur both between members of the same species (known as intraspecific competition) and between members of different species (known as interspecific competition).
9 The Competitive Exclusion Principle Direct competition between different species almost always produces a winner and a loser and the losing species dies out.
10 The Competitive Exclusion Principle competitive exclusion principle: 1. No two species can occupy exactly the same niche in exactly the same habitat at exactly the same time. 2. If two species attempt to occupy the same niche, one species will be better at competing for limited resources and will eventually exclude the other species.
11 Predation, Herbivory, and Keystone Species Predators can affect the size of prey populations in a community and determine the places prey can live and feed. Herbivores can affect both the size and distribution of plant populations in a community and determine the places that certain plants can survive and grow.
12 Predator-Prey Relationships predation: An interaction in which one animal (the predator) captures and feeds on another animal (the prey) herbivory: An interaction in which one animal (the herbivore) feeds on producers (such as plants)
13 Keystone Species keystone species: can cause dramatic changes in the structure of a community. For example, in the cold waters off the Pacific coast of North America, for example, sea otters devour large quantities of sea urchins. Urchins are herbivores whose favorite food is kelp, giant algae that grow in undersea forests.
14 Symbioses Biologists recognize three main classes of symbiotic relationships in nature: mutualism, parasitism, and commensalism. Any relationship in which two species live closely together is called symbiosis
15 Mutualism This kind of relationship between species in which both benefit is known as mutualism. Clown fish and sea anemones are an example of a mutualistic relationship
16 Parasitism Tapeworms, fleas, and ticks are examples of parasitism, relationships in which one organism lives inside or on another organism and harms it. The parasite obtains all or part of its nutritional needs from the host organism. Generally, parasites weaken but do not kill their host, which is usually larger than the parasite.
17 Commensalism commensalism, a relationship in which one organism benefits and the other is neither helped nor harmed. Whales and barnacles are an example
18 4.3 Succession
19 Primary and Secondary Succession How do communities change over time? Ecosystems change over time, especially after disturbances, as some species die out and new species move in.
20 Primary and Secondary Succession Ecological succession is a series of more-or-less predictable changes that occur in a community over time. Changes: Species die out New species move in # of different species increases over time Changes are sped up by disturbances
21 Primary Succession Succession that begins in an area with no remnants of an older community is called primary succession. Examples: volcanic eruptions and retreating glaciers
22 Primary Succession The first species to colonize barren areas are called pioneer species. One ecological pioneer that grows on bare rock is lichen a mutualistic symbiosis between a fungus and an alga.
23 Secondary Succession Sometimes, existing communities are not completely destroyed by disturbances. In these situations, secondary succession occurs. Faster than primary succession (b/c soil survives) New vegetation regrows rapidly Caused by disturbances: wildfire, hurricane, or other natural disturbance, and human activities like logging and farming.
24 Climax Communities Do ecosystems return to normal following a disturbance? Secondary succession in healthy ecosystems following natural disturbances often reproduces the original climax community. Ecosystems may or may not recover from extensive humancaused disturbances.
25 Succession After Human- Caused Disturbances Ecosystems can survive natural disturbances such as wildfires and hurricanes, (some organisms thrive after a disturbance). Ecosystems may or may not recover from extensive human-caused disturbances. Clearing and farming of tropical rain forests, for example, can change the microclimate and soil enough to prevent regrowth of the original community.
26 4.4 Biomes
27 THINK ABOUT IT Why does the character of biological communities vary from one place to another? Why, for example, do temperate rain forests grow in the Pacific Northwest while areas to the east of the Rocky Mountains are much drier? How do similar conditions shape ecosystems elsewhere?
28 The Major Biomes What abiotic and biotic factors characterize biomes? Biomes are described in terms of abiotic factors like climate and soil type, and biotic factors like plant and animal life. Latitude and the heat transported by winds are two factors that affect global climate. Other factors, among them an area s proximity to an ocean or mountain range, also influence climate.
29 Defining Biomes Ecologists classify Earth s terrestrial ecosystems into at least ten different groups of regional climate communities called biomes. Biomes are described in terms of abiotic factors like climate and soil type, and biotic factors like plant and animal life. Major biomes include: tropical rain forest tropical dry forest tropical grassland/savanna/shrubland desert temperate grassland temperate woodland shrubland, temperate forest northwestern coniferous forest boreal forest tundra.
30 Defining Biomes The map shows the locations of the major biomes.
31 Defining Biomes Organisms within each biome can be characterized by adaptations that enable them to live and reproduce successfully in the environment. However, even within a defined biome, there is often considerable variation among plant and animal communities. These variations can be caused by differences in exposure, elevation, or local soil conditions. Local conditions also can change over time because of human activity or because of community interactions.
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