Biotope and habitat are sometimes used interchangeably, but the former applies to a community’s environment, whereas the latter applies to a species’ environment.
Habitat shifts also occur in the developmental life history of amphibians, and in insects that transition from aquatic to terrestrial habitats.
Habitat shifts provide important evidence of competition in nature where one population changes relative to the habitats that most other individuals.
The habitat of a species describes the environment over which a species is known to occur and the type of community that is formed as a result.
Conservation priorities and management techniques require different approaches and considerations to address the full ecological scope of biodiversity.
Biodiversity includes species diversity, ecosystem diversity, and genetic diversity and scientists are interested in the way that this diversity affects the complex ecological.
Species have functional traits that are uniquely adapted to the ecological niche. A trait is a measurable property, phenotype, or characteristic of an organism that may influence its survival. Genes play an important role in the interplay of development.
This framework forms a panarchy and exhibits non-linear behaviors; this means that “effect and cause are disproportionate, so that small changes to critical variables, such as the number of nitrogen fixers, can lead to disproportionate, perhaps irreversible.
The scale of ecological dynamics can operate like a closed system, such as aphids migrating on a single tree, while at the same time remain open with regard to broader