Dear Students -
This week we'll take population ecology to a more complex level by examining the important dynamics of predator-prey relationships. Please watch this YouTube video and this one as well. Then respond to the following discussion topics.
What is co-evolution?
What is predation? Think broadly defined.
What are the types of predation?
What are some examples of adaptations predators have for capturing their prey?
What are some examples of adaptations prey have for avoiding being preyed upon?
What is aposematism? What are some examples?
What is mimicry?
The predator-prey dynamics of the lynx and the hare is one of the most classic examples of predator prey dynamics. Describe the relationship between the population sizes of predators and prey (the predator-prey cycle).
How might predator-prey dynamics fit into our studies of the bats of Belize and the small mammals of Madagascar?