Communities and evolution:
1. Introduction slides
General introduction (slides) to use in teaching. The introductory slides start by defining competition, which is an interaction between organisms in which both are harmed when trying to use the same resource. During the workshop participants are encouraged to discuss and think, what are the resources that species and individuals compete for and how it can affect the population dynamics, adaptations and evolution of the species. In the slides there are listed some of the resources that the organisms can compete for, and how niche overlapping can affect the interspecific competition. Going through these slides should last about 15 minutes.
2. Resource competition
Participants can play the resource competition game. The idea of the game is to demonstrate how overlapping niches and resource availability or densities can affect interspecific competition. The game has two versions that differ in their duration. In the shorter version participants can play only under one scenario: competition or no completion (ca 15-20 min). In the longer version participants can play under both scenarios (ca 30-40 minutes).
3. Lesson plan
Suggested way to use competition materials on lesson, with graph sheet (excel) to use and ideas for discussion.
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