Generalist Definition:
A “Flexible” Species

A generalist is scientists’ way of describing an organism when the organism has a broad of choices for what it eats, where it lives…etc.  In other words, it is just a fancy way to say the organism is very “flexible”.

IT IS A FANCY OF SAYING THE ORGANISM IS VERY “Flexible”

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Are humans specialists?  YES!
Humans are very flexible in diets, places to live…etc.  Even though some people may be allergic to certain foods such as peanuts or shellfish, they still have many other food options.  In addition, humans can live just about anywhere on earth, from the cold Antarctica to the hot Tropical Deserts.

Next Generation Science Standards:

MS-LS2-1  Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

MS-LS2-3  Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

What Science Does this Comic Teach?

Unit: Anatomy

⇒Chapter: Immunology

⇒Topic: Generalist

Additional Information

Niche

The word niche is a scientific term that describes the general “lifestyle” of a species, such as what it eats, where it sleeps, how it gathers food…etc.  Therefore, if one were to write about an organism’s niche, it would usually take a few small paragraphs to fully describe it.

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