coral reef

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

 

  • Coral Reef

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.

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