Unit II Test - Principles of Biogeography
Answer the following questions based on the information covered in Unit II - Principles of Biogeography. Each question is worth 3 points. There are a total of 12 questions but students only need to answer 10, if you answer more than 10 than I will take the scores from your top 10 responses. Some of the questions will be required and count towards you total number of 10. All responses should be about a paragraph long, but need to answer all parts of the question.
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Question 1
1. Based on the map above which region would you expect to have the highest biodiversity? To lowest? Explain your reasoning and (be sure to include the name of the concept that related to the relationship) - Write your answer in the space below. *
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Question 2
2. What are the two forms of map representations being used to depict the distribution of humans and wheat grain? Signify which map correlates to which species. Then describe the ranges for the two species and how closely they are connected.
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Question 3
3. Which biogeographic concept is being represented here by the Himalayan Mountains? How do they have an effect on the speciation and landscape of the Tibetan Plateau versus the Indian Subcontinent
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Question 4
4. Which species of Pangolin should conservation be focused on? In your answer include a discussion of how much of a cosmopolitan or endemic species it is, as well as another biogeogeaphic concept of your choice to explain why it is especially threatened. *
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Question 5
5. What type of landscape would you expect the animal above to live in based on its adaptations. Explain 2 of its adaptations and how they would help this animal to survive. Explain how climate change could potentially affect this species' ability to survive. *
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6. What are the dangers of adding an invasive species to ancestral biota? Give an example of an invasive species and the effect it can have on plant and animal life in an area
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Question 7
7. Which specie's range above is more disjuncted? Explain one of the process by which that can happen. Over time what effect could adaptations have on a disjunct species?
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Question 8
8. Use the idea of a Trophic Cascade to explain why ensuring the survival of a species is important in the preservation of a landscape and ecosystem using the polar bear as an example? *
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Question 9
9. Which species of cat is most closely related to the Leopard (Panthera Pardus)? How do cladograms like the one above help us better establish the genetic lineage of a species and better understand their evolutionary histories?
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Question 10
10. Is the relationship between Wolves and Coyotes in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone more a relationship of facilitation, Mutualism, or Competition? Explain your answer citing specific years and specific trends in coyote and wolf populations.
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11. Make a case for why a healthy fire regime in necessary for a healthy ecosystem. Provide a specific ecosystem, explain the benefit of fire, and provide an example of a specific plant or animal who benefits and how. *
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Question 12
12. Which island above would most likely have the lowest biodiversity? (Considering all other factors (eg. precipitation, temperature, biome) are equal). Explain two island biogeographic principles as to how they connect to helping you decide which island would be lowest. *
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