Skip to content

Surviving the winter

Free CourseFree Course

In this free course, Surviving the winter, we study one aspect of the fluctuating nature of an organisms environment. We consider how organisms living in a temperate climate, such as that in Britain, are adapted to cope with winter. You will see that there is much diversity of adaptations among organisms, with different species coping with the demands of a fluctuating environment in quite different ways. As cyclic variations are a widespread feature of environments, the range of adaptations to them is an important source of biological diversity.

After studying this unit, you will be able to:

  • define and use, or recognise definitions and applications of, each of the terms printed in bold in the text;
  • identify the four main strategies shown by organisms for coping with winter;
  • appreciate and give examples of the levels and types of explanation used for understanding these strategies;
  • describe ways in which the strategies can be subjected to experimental manipulation;
  • provide examples of how plants, birds and mammals can remain active through winter;
  • give examples of organisms that survive the winter as juveniles.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 10 hours
  • Updated Thursday 11th October 2012
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Natural History
Share on Google Plus Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit View article Comments
Print

Study this free course

Enrol to access the full course, get recognition for the skills you learn, track your progress and on completion gain a statement of participation to demonstrate your learning to others. Make your learning visible!

Surviving the winter

Introduction

Unit image

In this unit, we study one aspect of the fluctuating nature of an organism's environment. We consider how organisms living in a temperate climate, such as that in Britain, are adapted to cope with winter. You will see that there is much diversity of adaptations among organisms, with different species coping with the demands of a fluctuating environment in quite different ways. As cyclic variations are a widespread feature of environments, the range of adaptations to them is an important source of biological diversity.

This unit is an adapted extract from the course Biology: uniformity and diversity(S204) [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

This unit is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Biology, uniformity and diversity (S204) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this subject area.

Tags, Ratings and Social Bookmarking

Ratings

Your rating None. Average rating 5 out of 5, based on 1 rating

Share

S204_1