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BIO 1302 Unit I Journal

Think about the ecological biome where you currently live or grew up. Would you classify it as temperate forest, temperate grassland, or another biome? What are the dominant types of vegetation and animal species that live there? How have human activities changed your biome over time?

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Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.

Unit I Assessment Questions BIO 1302


  • A biome in which permafrost is expected to occur.

Deciduous forest

Boreal forest


Temperate grassland


  • In this biome, frequent fires limit the growth of woody plants, like trees and shrubs, to the sides of streams and rivers.

Temperate forest

Subtropical desert

Boreal forest

Temperate grassland


  • If you wanted to study the effects of soil moisture and light intensity on the growth of soybeans and required a high ability to regulate these independent variables, what type of experiment would you choose?

Laboratory experiment

Field experiment

Natural experiment

Reference experiment


  • What is a type of ecological experiment that takes advantage of a natural disturbance and for which there is no ability to regulate independent variables?

Laboratory experiment

Field experiment

Natural experiment

Computer simulation


  • Cycles of nutrients and flows of energy are key factors that link the biotic and abiotic components of this ecological system into a dynamic, functioning unit.




Dependent variable


  • Match the biome to the corresponding description,

Boreal forest

Arctic tundra

Tropical wet forest

Temperate forest

Subtropical desert





Temperate grassland


Forests in this biome are dominated by evergreen trees and deciduous trees that drop their leaves in autumn.


This biome consists of tropical grassland with widely scattered low trees.


This biome covers 70% of the Earth’s surface.


In North America, the dominant grazer in this biome was the bison.


This biome is identified by its hydrology, hydric soils, and hydrophytic vegetation.


Xerophytic vegetation is dominant in this biome.


This biome occurs in southern California and along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.


This biome occurs where marine and freshwater habitats meet.


This biome is dominated by coniferous or evergreen trees.


In summer, surface waters of this biome heat and do not mix with lower, cooler waters.


Blood-sucking insects are common in this biome during the brief summer.


Epiphytes are common in this biome.


  • Deciduous trees and shrubs shed their leaves seasonally in response to environmental factors. What two biomes have deciduous vegetation and what are the abiotic factors that affect leaf loss in each of them?

    Your response should be at least 200 words in length.

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