An organism that meets its own nutritional requirement by capturing energy and using it to synthesize molecules that serve its nutitional requirements; also known as a producer
See ecosphere which is a thin layer of Earth comprising a gigantic network of ecosystems; also referred to as the biosphere.
a meat eater or secondary consumer that obtains its food by eating primary consuemrs (herbivores)
Organisms that obtain their food directly from producers; also known as heterotrophs
The study of communications sytems and of system control in organisms and machines
Organisms that derive their nutirtion from both producers and consumers, usually by utilizing their wastes or remains
An assemblage of speicies populations occurring together within a partuclar geographic area whose ecological functions and ynamics are in some way interdependent.
See Ecosystem which is an organizational unit consisting of both living and non living things that occur in a particular place.
The scentific study of the enviornment, including its lviing and nonlivng components
The thin layer of Earth comprising a gigantic network of ecosystem; also referred to as a biosphere.
An organizational unit consisting of both living an dnon living things that occur in a particular place
The capacity to do work
The inerlinking of food chains
The interlinking of food chains
A place in which a species lives
A primary consumer, that is, an animal that obtains its food from plants
An organism whose nutritional needs are met by feeding on other oganismss; also known as a consumer
see macrohabitat which is the general habitat in which a species exists (ex hot desert, fresh water pond); also referred to as a macroenvironment.
the general habitat in which a speicies exists (hot desert, freshwater pond); also referred to as macroenvironment.
See microhabitat which is the specific habitat in which a speicies exists ( under rocks in a hot desert); also referred to as a microenvironment. An organism's behavior may significantly modify the conition in its microhabitat
The specific habitat in which a speicies exists (under rocks in a hot desert); also referred to to as microenvironment. An organism's behavior may significantly modify the conditions in its microhabitat.
The functional position of a speicies in ecological process-what it does, where it is, and what is done to it.
The stuff of life, including chemical elements an dinorganic and organic compounds
A consumer that derives its nutrition from producers as well as from primary or other secondary consumers
The chemical process in which the enrgy of sunligh is employed to convert inorganic to organic compounds
An organism that obtains its food directly from producers; also known as an herbivore
Organisms that capture the energy of th esun in thep rocess of photsynethesis
secondary consumer system
An organism the obtains its food by eating primary consumers; also known as a heterotroh and as a carnivore.