Unit I Test - Concepts of Ecological Biogeography
Answer the following series of questions from Unit I - Concepts of Ecological Biogeography. Each question is worth 3 points - students must complete 10 questions for a total of 30 points. If you answer more than the 10 questions, only the scores from your top 10 questions will count towards your final score.
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Question 1
1. Which animal would you more expect to live in the range mapped above? Explain your answer using principles from both Bergmann's and Allen's rules. *
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2. Why is collaboration among scientists so important when studying a particular biome? Give an example from Ecological Biogeography to support your answer.
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3. Define ecology, and explain how a geographic perspective can be helpful in better understanding ecological connections. (ie. Why is an Ecogeographic perspective helpful in studying biomes?) *
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Question 4
4. Which species of owlet would you expect to be more in danger of extinction due to climate change? Explain your reasoning using information from each species range maps.
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Question 5
5. The number of Golden Spined Cereus is declining. Come up with a research question to investigate an explanation for its decline that would be geographically based, not just biologically or ecologically. Explain what types of data (2 Data sets) you would need to collect to properly answer your question and why? (ie. develop a geographically based research question to investigate the decline of the Golden Spined Cereus)
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Question 6 and 7
6. Explain how data tables, like the one above showing population estimates for marine iguanas, are helpful when trying to determine whether or not a biome is healthy?
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7. If you were a scientist trying to determine the health of the particular biome of each island where marine iguanas is found, what is another data set that you would want to find in order to help you determine that. Explain why that information would be helpful to your research
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Question 8
8. Though regional classifications like "The Tropics" "The Temperate Zone" and "The Polar Regions" are more or less made up by geographers, why are they helping to classify and better understand the groupings of life on the planet? *
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Question 9
9. Where would you expect the animal pictured above to live based on its physical characteristics? List 2 biomes where you might expect the animal to live and then Explain your answer using 3 of the animal’s characteristics
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10. Explain how the earth’s rotation around the sun and the earth’s tilt creates seasonal differences in climate for different parts of the earth (ie. Why would it be summer in the southern hemisphere when it is winter in the northern hemisphere) *
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11. Explain another factor (besides related to the earth’s tilt) that contributes to climatic variations between locations. (ie. How can Nebraska have such vastly colder winters than London, even though London is higher in latitude)
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12. How should humans be factored in to the study of ecogeography? If at all. Explain your reasoning and provide an example to support.
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6. Would you be able to determine the health of the ecosystem of each galapagos island based on the data presented in the table above? If so, how? If not, what other data points would you need and why.
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