|Primary or BEN resource type|
|General Biology Core Concepts|
|Discipline Specific Core Concepts||
|Life science discipline (subject)|
|Keywords||Biodiversity, Colonization, Ecological drift, Evolution, Extinction, Genetic diversity, Genetic drift, Island biogeography, Species diversity|
|Intended End User Role|
|Pedagogical Use Description||This activity is supposed to represent a model of community and population dynamics with equal colonization and extinction rates among ponds, random dispersal/gene flow among islands, and no selection in favor of or against specific species or alleles. One of the benefits of conducting a simulation activity in class is the heuristic opportunity for students when activity results do not follow expectations.
The intent of this activity was to demonstrate that area and/or isolation may be determinants of richness, however the relationship between diversity and these variables may not be as expected; other factors besides area and/isolation may affect distributions of richness.
This activity was developed for an undergraduate upper level course for natural resources majors. Classes of 20 – 30 students work best for the activity. However it may be conducted with as few as ten students or as many as 40 students. For larger classes, two sets of islands could be created, or additional islands could be added to the layout.
|Primary Author Controlled Name|
|Primary Author Affiliation||Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, The University of Georgia|
|Primary Author firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Secondary Author Name(s)||Gary T. Green and John C. Maerz|
|Secondary Author Affiliation(s)||Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, The University of Georgia. Current|
|Submitter Name||Teresa Mourad|
|Rights||Authors hold copyright|
|Date Of Record Submission||2015-01-21|
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