With the help of these materials you can learn about the wide diversity of ecological interactions within communities, and how human activity can influence food webs, as well as the function of the entire ecosystem.
In the exercises, participants familiarize themselves with how food competition shapes interactions between and within species, and what kind of evolutionary consequences it can have. What happens if, due to human activity, some species are removed from the community? How will it influence the other species of the same community?
Keywords: Competition, Keystone species, Extinction, Endangered species, Species interaction, Food chain, Animal behaviour.
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1. Resource competition
Here you can find scientific introduction slides prepared for teaching competition, a prepared lesson plan, and instructions for resource competition game.
2. Who fell the mango tree?
Here you can find an illustrated story about the mango tree, which suits well also for younger listeners. Through storytelling, one learns how human activity influences food chains in various ways, and what are the consequences to the entire ecosystem. To complement the story, we have included information pages about keystone species, extinctions as well as ecology and conservation of tigers. There is also an additional exercise that deals with interpreting visual culture around the threatened mammal. There are illustrated and printable versions of the Mango tree story on the webpage, in addition to an audio version.
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