BIO 220 Week 2 Assignment: Ecosystems and Trophic Levels
assignment, you will be creating a trophic pyramid, also known as an
"ecological pyramid," for a specific ecosystem. Your completed
trophic pyramid will be used to identify the trophic levels within the food
web, as well as their effects on the ecosystem. To complete this assignment go
to http://lc.gcumedia.com/bio220/biome-explorer/v2.1/index.html to retrieve the trophic pyramid worksheet. When
completing the worksheet follow the guidelines below:
- Select an ecosystem from an
area of interest to you. When choosing an ecosystem, be specific. For help
differentiating between biomes and ecosystems, review "Biomes and
- Utilize credible sources to
select and research your chosen ecosystem, including the textbook and the
Internet (specifically, you may find the World Biomes page located
at http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/world_biomes.htm helpful).
- When researching your selected
ecosystem, give special attention to the plant and animals species that
inhabit that ecosystem. This information will be used to design the
- Refer to the "Trophic
Pyramid." You will complete this template by entering the names of
the species that belong to the various trophic levels (Apex predator,
tertiary consumers, secondary consumers, primary consumers, and primary
- Refer to the text for further
information and an explanation of trophic levels.
completed trophic pyramid, answer the following questions in a separate Word
document of at least 250-500 words:
- Of the primary producers you
selected, which one do you think has the biggest impact on the ecosystem
you researched? Explain.
- What species did you select for
the apex predator? Explain the importance the apex predator's impact on
the other species in your tropic pyramid.
- How did the amount of energy
gained compare to the amount of energy lost as heat at the 2nd–4th trophic
- Referring to your completed
trophic pyramid template, select one species. If this species was removed
from your trophic pyramid, what would be the impact on the other species
of the ecosystem?
- Can efforts to save a species
from extinction be successful if the focus of preservation is only on that
species? Explain your answer
- Considering the amount of
energy required in producing animal-based foods and goods, should humans
change their habits so they consume products closer to the bottom of the
trophic pyramid? Provide rationale for your response.
assignment requires a minimum of two peer reviewed references to be included.
this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guide,
located in the Student Success Center.
assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade
the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning
the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations
for successful completion of the assignment.
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