ecosystem

In this assignment, you will investigate the biotic and abiotic structure and function of an ecosystem.

Choose one of the following ecosystems:

  • Tropical rainforest
  • Grassland
  • Coral Reef
  • Estuary
  • Desert

You will write a two to three page APA-style research paper about your choice of ecosystem including:

  • Where might this type of ecosystem be located? Give one specific example.
  • Describe the structure of the ecosystem: List both the abiotic components and biotic components
  • Describe the function of the ecosystem: How do the abiotic and biotic components interact in biogeochemical cycles? Describe both the carbon and nitrogen cycles
  • Describe disturbance and recovery: Describe one natural and one human caused disturbance to the ecosystem. Explain the damage to the ecosystem, including how the abiotic and biotic characteristics of the ecosystem changed.
  • Explain how ecosystems recover naturally based on resilience mechanisms and the theory of secondary succession.

The following grading rubric will be used for this assignment.

Grading Rubric
5% APA Style
5% Where might this type of ecosystem be located? Give one specific example
20% Describe the structure:

Abiotic components: 10%

Biotic Components 10%

30% Describe the function:

Describe the Carbon cycle: 15%

Describe the Nitrogen cycle:15%

40% Disturbance and Recovery:

Example of natural disturbance event and changes to the ecosystem. Discussion of recovery process: 15%

Example of anthropogenic caused disturbance event and changes to the ecosystem. Discussion of recovery process. 15%

Explain how ecosystems recover naturally based on resilience mechanisms and the theory of secondary succession. 10%

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