Ecosystem Homeostasis: Definition & Examples


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What is ecosystem homeostasis?

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1. When a system is in ecosystem homeostasis, what happens to the populations of species?

2. In an ecosystem, lions eat gazelles, and gazelles eat wild grasses. What happens if the population of lions does down?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

When you've heard people discuss the importance and well-being of the Earth's ecosystems, you've most likely heard someone mention something called homeostasis. If you want to see if you know what this is, you can go through this assessment for quiz questions that will test you on the subject. These questions will help you better understand what homeostasis is and how it relates to the elements of an ecosystem.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can use this quiz and worksheet to test yourself on:

  • The definition of ecosystem homeostasis
  • The effect of homeostasis on the population of different species
  • The effects of changes in ecosystem elements upon the whole
  • Reasons for changes in ecosystem equilibrium
  • Examples of changes in homeostasis throughout history

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - make sure that you accurately recall what ecosystem homeostasis is and how it relates to ecosystem well-being
  • Making connections - see if you can draw the connections between changes in one element of an ecosystem and changes in other elements
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of ecosystem homeostasis to identify factors affecting it and examples of these factors from history

Additional Learning

More information on this subject can be found in the associated lesson called Ecosystem Homeostasis: Definition & Examples. This lesson will help you better understand:

  • What homeostasis means
  • Equilibrium in ecosystems
  • Threats to equilibrium
  • Examples of changes in homeostasis