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Due to increasing global connectivity, global biotic interchange has been escalating, leading to species introductions in regions in which they are not indigenous. Most of these species do not establish and/or do not cause significant impacts, but a small proportion do and can have positive or, more often, negative ecological, economic, and cultural impacts. These species often interact with species native to the novel range that are not coevolved or adapted to living with the introduced species. Given the ecological importance of introduced species, this module is intended to introduce students to species interactions (e.g., predation, parasitism, mutualism) and incorporate information on invasive species and how they interact with native species within a novel environment. Suggested activities for the species interactions component of the curriculum are provided and include a lecture crossword puzzle and jigsaw and small writing activities that introduce students to introduced versus invasive species, western and Indigenous perspectives on invasive species, and explore species interactions between introduced and native species, as well as invasive species environmental impacts. An additional lab activity is outlined, which actively engages students in the scientific process by allowing them to develop their own hypotheses and predictions, process and analyze quantitative and qualitative data, interpret and communicate results, develop and interpret a food web, and gather information about an invasive species of interest to them. Questions from this module can be included on a quiz and exam to test students on their knowledge of species interactions and introduced and invasive species.

This resource was developed with support from the National Science Foundation.
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General Biology Core Concepts
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General Biology Competencies
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Keywords introduced species, invasive species, species interactions
Key taxa frogs, insects, birds, plants, fish, mammals
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Pedagogical Use Description This module can be carried out over multiple class periods over multiple weeks but is highly scalable, with the option to pick and choose activities to use to teach students about species interactions and/or introduced and invasive species.
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Full Name of Primary Author Ashley Schulz
Primary Author Affiliation Mississippi State University
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  • anschulz
Rights Resources developed by Ashley Schulz, but free to download and modify as needed.
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Drought and Water Ecosystem Services Collection Off
Conservation Targets Under Global Change Collection Off
Big Data Collection Off
Editors Choice No
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Date Of Record Submission 0000-00-00
I Agree to EcoEdDL's Copyright Policy & Terms of Use Yes
Date Of Record Release 2023-01-27 12:09:36
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  • tmourad
Date Last Modified 2023-10-13 10:52:35
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