Ecology Vocabulary- Kilgore
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the study of interactions that occur among organisms and their environment. How populations interact.
any living thing.
made up of all the organisms in an ecosystem that belong to the same species.
all the populations in one ecosystem.
consists of all the organisms living in an area and the non-living feature of their environment.
A part of the Earth that supports life.
The place an organism lives. Provides food, shelter, temperature and moisture for survival
the unique way an organism survives, obtains food and shelter, finds a mate, cares for its young and avoids dange.
a consumer that captures and eats other consumers.
an organism that is captured/eaten by the predatore.
occurs when 2 or more organisms seek the same resource at the same time (food, shelter, living space, mate).
individual organisms work together to improve survival.
organisms that use an outside energy source (Sun) to make energy-rich molecules (sugar). Can make its own food.
organisms that cannot make their own food; they must eat other organisms (plants or animals or decomposing matter).
a model of feeding relationships in an ecosystem
any close relationship between species
a symbiotic relationship in which both species benefit.
a symbiotic relationship in which one organism benefits and the other is not affected.
a symbiotic relationship in which one organism benefits but the other is harmed.
features of the environment that are living or were once living.
features of the environment that are non-living.
rain shadow effect
warm, moist air blows in from the ocean and is pushed up by the mountains.
the cycle where water changes from liquid to gas, rises and falls as liquid again.
describes how carbon molecules move between the living and non-living world.
The process of nitrogen being transformed between various chemical forms.