Ecosystem Paper, environmental science homework help

Science

Select an ecosystem in your area (forest, lake, river, estuary, desert, grassland within 50 miles of your house.). This ecosystem must have a specific name.

Write a 850- to 900-word paper explaining the following:

NOTE: I live in Houston, Texas

  1. Introduction – Tell the reader what the paper will cover.
  2. Describe the structure of your ecosystem including important abiotic features and dominant plant and animal species.
  3. Explain some functions/processes of your ecosystem including one nutrient cycle and one food chain.
  4. Explain how people affect your ecosystem. For example, how your neighbors faithful application of fertilizer to beautify his/her lawn affects your nutrient cycle.
  5. Explain how urban areas with lots of pavement, impervious surfaces and compacted soils affect at least one aspect of the hydrologic cycle in your ecosystem
  6. Give two examples of species interactions (predation, competition, mutualism, etc.) that occur in your ecosystem
  7. Identify an invasive species in your ecosystem. Explain its effects on the ecosystem and efforts to control or eradicate it.
  8. Conclusion – Summarize the content of your paper

Use an Introduction, Section Headings (APA Level 1 & 2) to identify each of your numbered items, and a Conclusion in your paper.

Include three peer reviewd references.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.