Population Ecology: The Texas Mosquito Mystery

While 80 percent of people with West Nile Virus show no symptoms, in severe cases, it causes death by infecting the membranes around the spinal cord and brain. The video starts by making population ecology relevant. It includes density dispersion; population growth; limiting factors, density dependence and independence; exponential and logistical growth; and how to calculate a growth rate. The video is the second in a series of 12.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the worksheet for taking notes found here: http://yorkcountyschools.org/parents/studentInfo/docs/AP_EnvScience.pdf
  • Create growth rate problems for students to solve
Classroom Considerations

  • Use caution when showing the comment section in class, as it is open to the public
  • Video best fits as an introduction to population ecology
Pros

  • Teachers can use the resource in a flipped or traditional classroom
  • Material is well researched and presented fairly
Cons

  • None