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Biodiversity, Adaptation & Classification - Chapter Summary
This chapter's short text and video lessons cover important topics that you will need to know in order to understand biodiversity, adaption and classification in biology. The lessons will provide you with comprehensive accounts of relevant theories, definitions and helpful examples that will allow you to more easily understand this subject.
You will learn about the characteristics of biodiversity in ecosystems, and how different types of organisms fit into an ecosystem. The lessons will then go over the ways in which scientists study and classify organisms that they find in different ecosystems. Specific topics you will learn about include:
- The definition of biodiversity and its relation to ecosystems
- The types and examples of plant adaptations
- The evolution, adaptation and behavior of living primates
- Taxonomical classification
- The definition, theory and model of popular ecology
Each lesson is taught by an experienced instructor with expertise in these specific areas, so you can be confident in all of the information you learn here. For your convenience, the videos also contain tags that have pre-bookmarked the most crucial points in each lesson. Once you have completed each lesson, you can answer questions in the lesson quizzes and final chapter exam to see what you remember on these topics.
1. What is Biodiversity? - Definition and Relation to Ecosystem Stability
Imagine making a list of all of the species you have ever heard of; it would be an enormous list! There are many different species on this planet. This lesson will explore the diversity of species, as well as the different types of diversity and how diversity of life is essential for maintaining healthy ecosystems.
2. Plant Adaptations: Types & Examples
View this lesson and you will see how many unique plants we have in the world. Learn how aquatic plants survive underwater and how desert plants survive in dry conditions.
3. Living Primates: Evolution, Adaptation & Behavior
What do you have in common with other primates? What's different? This lesson begins to explore these questions, including the physical and behavioral adaptations that helped primates to evolve.
4. Taxonomy: Classification and Naming of Living Things
The name you give to a living thing may be completely different than the name someone else uses. In science, we use a common naming system for all living things to avoid confusion. This lesson will explore the basics of our classification system.
5. What Is an Ecosystem? - Definition & Explanation
Similar to a car engine that is made up of multiple parts working together, an ecosystem has interacting parts that support a whole. But how do we define an ecosystem and what are the components they consist of?
6. Difference Between a Community and an Ecosystem
This lesson is about the difference between a community and an ecosystem. In this lesson, we'll go over the definition for each and some key differences. We'll also look at what makes up communities and ecosystems and some examples of each.
7. Population Ecology: Definition, Theory & Model
In this lesson, learn how population ecologists study populations and their interactions with their environment. You will learn about the various terms and models they use to describe and understand this complex field of study.
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