SCIENCE AS A HUMAN ENDEAVOR – KEYSTONE SPECIES

SCIENCE AS A HUMAN ENDEAVOR – KEYSTONE SPECIES

A keystone species is one that has a significant beneficial impact on its ecosystem as compared to its abundance. Keystone species play an essential role in maintaining and sustaining the structure of the ecosystem. These species help to support biodiversity locally within the environment either through controlling the population of other species that may have otherwise dominate the system or by providing essential resources for some other species (Hale and Koprowski, 2018, p. 441). There is a wide variety of keystone species, and depending on their nature, they contribute a lot to the ecosystem. Without the existence of keystone species, the ecosystem would dramatically be altered or face extinction altogether.

Using Influence as Science as a Human Endeavor (SHE), we can understand the nature of keystone species and their influence on the ecosystem. By using science to understand the importance of these species to the ecosystem, we can then scientifically come up with logical reasons as to why they should be preserved, maintained, and sustained. Furthermore, by understanding why these keystone species should be preserved, we can use scientific and ethical standards to protect the environment for these important species to survive. For example, by understanding the importance of trees, we can ethically advocate for them not being felled and in turn put in place policies and procedures to preserve them.

The keystone species that we will focus on in this paper are the Red Mangroves. Mangroves are tropical forests growing at the coastlines between the land and the sea. They contain dense and robust root systems that trap sediments from the ground and down to the rivers. This aspect is crucial because it helps to stabilize the coastline, therefore, preventing erosion that would occur from storms and

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