Ecology of Ecosystems

Review Questions

The ability of an ecosystem to return to its equilibrium state after an environmental disturbance is called ________.

  1. resistance
  2. restoration
  3. reformation
  4. resilience

Hint:

D

A re-created ecosystem in a laboratory environment is known as a ________.

  1. mesocosm
  2. simulation
  3. microcosm
  4. reproduction

Hint:

C

Decomposers are associated with which class of food web?

  1. grazing
  2. detrital
  3. inverted
  4. aquatic

Hint:

B

The primary producers in an ocean grazing food web are usually ________.

  1. plants
  2. animals
  3. fungi
  4. phytoplankton

Hint:

D

What term describes the use of mathematical equations in the modeling of linear aspects of ecosystems?

  1. analytical modeling
  2. simulation modeling
  3. conceptual modeling
  4. individual-based modeling

Hint:

A

The position of an organism along a food chain is known as its ________.

  1. locus
  2. location
  3. trophic level
  4. microcosm

Hint:

C

The loss of an apex consumer would impact which trophic level of a food web?

  1. primary producers
  2. primary consumers
  3. secondary consumers
  4. all of the above

Hint:

D

A food chain would be a better resource than a food web to answer which question?

  1. How does energy move from an organism in one trophic level to an organism on the next trophic level?
  2. How does energy move within a trophic level?
  3. What preys on grasses?
  4. How is organic matter recycled in a forest?

Hint:

A