n this assignment, you will investigate the biotic and abiotic structure and function of an ecosystem.
Choose 1 of the following ecosystems:
- Tropical rainforest
- Coral reef
You will write an APA-style research paper of 2–3 pages about your choice of ecosystem, covering the following in your paper:
- Where might this type of ecosystem be located? Give 1 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 1 natural and 1 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.