Dunes & Maritime Forests

Kevin Kall


As you can see in the image to the right, Dunes and Maritime Forests are extremely dynamic. There are many different areas within the ecosystem, making very diverse. However, since it is on the shoreline, this ecosystem is one of the most susceptible to change. Winds, tides, currents, and especially storms are constantly revising and reshaping the coastal areas. Loose sediment and dry climate are required for dune formation, as well as energy to move the sediment, such as wind. As the ecosystem gradually goes more inland, the soil is made up of sand and damp, decaying vegetation called peat. More vegetation grows as it gets farther away from the water and as the soil becomes more compact and inland, the hydroperiods become longer.

Abiotic Factors

  • Wind
  • Temperature
  • Water(Ocean, Rain)
  • Soil
  • Sun

Biotic Factors

  • Eastern diamondback rattlesnake
  • Red fox
  • Moss
  • Loggerhead turtle
  • Fungi
  • Raccoon
  • Mole Crab
  • Plum
  • Saw Palmetto
  • Box turtle

Food Web

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Classification of Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Domain: Eukaryote

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Subphylum: Vertebrata

Class: Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Serpentes

Family: Viperidae

Subfamily: Crotalinae

Genus: Crotalus

Species: C. adamanteus

Human Impact


  • Taking away harmful plants to the environment
  • Conserve and protect the animals


  • Developed beachfront
  • Brought exotic species
  • Coastal development

Water: Florida's Lifeblood

Water is likely the most important thing other than the sun. Animals drink and bathe in water. If animals couldn't bathe in water, bacteria would spread throughout there body. Without drinking anything, they would be dehydrated and become very weak. Plants wouldn't be able to grow without water and more animals would die. With too much water, the plants wouldn't grow because they are soaked.