Central Question: What impact can the introduction of new species have on an ecosystem?
Guiding Thought Question: While working as a state forestry specialist you notice the growth of a non-native weed start growing in your conservation area. As the weed spreads further local farmers introduce non-native rabbits to the area that are known to feed on the plants to protect their crops from the encroaching weeds, but they quickly multiply and start eating other plants as well, resulting in numbers on non-native rabbits decreasing. How do you address the issue? What recommendations do you make?
Today's Learning Objective: Students will analyze critical effects of the introduction of invasive species on an ecosystem and the distributions of native species by looking at case studies and acting out the introduction
Central Question: What factors impact biodiversity on islands?
Guiding Thought Question: What factor do you think is going to have biggest effect on the biodiversity of an island? Why will that factor have such a large effect?
Today's Learning Objective: Students will learn about isolation, area, and equilibrium theories as they relate to island biogeography by examining case-studies in a map activity and the biodiversity of Iceland.
Central Question: Why are some species spread out while others are concentrated?
Guiding Thought Question:How will species adaptation and specialization act as barriers to them expanding out of their ranges?
Today's Learning Objective: Students will learn about the differences in Endemic and Cosmopolitan Species by examining examples of species and looking at the modes through which the spread and the barriers that prevent further spread.
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