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Connecting Concepts: Ecology/Population Dynamics

This simulation/tutorial consists of three topics. In topic 1, students conduct a study of a zebra mussel population in a fictitious lake and present their findings during a virtual teleconference. Students will: 1) review qualitative descriptions of growth curves for the exponential and logistic models, selecting one to test at the lake; 2) collect and plot data, and determine which of the models the data fits; 3) answer questions about populations at other localities by calculating rmax, t, and N using their data. In topic 2, students review the math and biology behind the logistic growth model with the help of a fish population. Students will: 1) complete interactive explorations of density-dependence and carrying capacity, the difference between r (realized intrinsic rate of increase or... Show More


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Marty Zahn
Marty Zahn (Faculty)
7 years ago

An outstanding interactive exercise for students learn about population dynamics. Well written and requires students to figure out the answers. If incorrect answer, takes them back to the basic material. Very well done.

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Requires Shockwave

Time spent reviewing site: 1/2 hour