Introduction to Energy in the Environment

Describe how organisms acquire energy

Ecosystem is a term that you’ve probably heard before—but just what is an ecosystem? In this section, we’ll learn about ecosystems and how energy moves within a system. This video provides a quick introduction to the concepts we’ll discuss.

What You’ll Learn to Do

  • Explain the methods that ecologists use to study ecosystem structure and dynamics
  • Differentiate between food chains and food webs and recognize the importance of each
  • Describe how energy flows through ecosystems

Learning Activities

The learning activities for this section include the following:

  • Ecology of Ecosystems
  • Food Chains and Food Webs
  • Energy Flow through Ecosystems
  • Self Check: Energy in the Environment