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In this simulation, students work in groups to design a marine reserve in a hypothetical island state called “Udubia.” After learning about marine reserve design, students will choose characters that represent a variety of stakeholders, be placed in like-minded groups, create a reserve design based on provided data sources, and defend it in a presentation and debate. An optional individual assignment allows them to develop and defend their positions separately by writing a letter to the “governor.” At least two weeks will be needed to complete this exercise, including 1-3 class periods, although it can be modified for shorter use.
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Temporal and geographic description Little equipment is required for this simulation, beyond paper and a printer. Ideally, a plotter will be available to produce larger maps, especially for students with disabilities.
Resource Group TIEE
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Primary or BEN resource type
Secondary resource type
Discipline Specific Core Concepts
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords Biodiversity, community ecology, conservation biology, dispersal, endangered species, fisheries management, marine ecology, oceans, overfishing, Shannon Diversity Index, Marine reserves, marine protec
Intended End User Role
Educational Language
Pedagogical Use Category
Pedagogical Use Description periment Objectives

By the end of this exercise, students should be able to:

Place the principles of conservation biology and marine ecology into an interdisciplinary context
Defend a conservation position using data and research
Interpret geographic data and information
Demonstrate the compromises needed to create a conservation plan given conflicting motivations of different stakeholders
Orally communicate their ideas in front of an audience
Aggregation Level
Full Name of Primary Author n/a
Primary Author Controlled Name
Primary Author Affiliation Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
University of Washington
Tacoma, WA 98402
Primary Author email
Added By Id
  • educationintern
Rights Author maintains rights
Review type
Drought and Water Ecosystem Services Collection Off
Conservation Targets Under Global Change Collection Off
Big Data Collection Off
Editors Choice No
Resource Status
Date Of Record Submission 2011-03-14
I Agree to EcoEdDL's Copyright Policy & Terms of Use No
Date Of Record Release 2011-08-24 16:22:09
Last Modified By Id
  • educationintern
Date Last Modified 2018-07-25 15:03:50
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