*A simulation... doggone it!
On October 15th, we will be conducting another species diversity study. However, unlike the deciduous forest and freshwater pond communities here in our own town... this task will be to examine data from a Southern California desert community. This will be done using detailed maps from MWSU. I am pretty excited about seeing this one play out, as I have yet to see the actual maps.
The actual diversity index will be done in much the same way as our field study from this week. However, we will dive more deeply into the meaning of the data from this lab. Makes sense to progress, right?
We will use this thread to do some pre-studies in order to familiarize ourselves with this ecosystem. It will help to be able to have a picture of the Sonoran desert in your head while conducting the simulation. More specifically, we will be comparing two sub-zones of this community, the bajada zone
and the wash zone
. We will be evaluating species diversity using a quadrat
As we are accustomed, we will also revisit this same thread to reflect on both the content of the lab as well as the process of the learning event. A few questions to ask yourself as you process this new ecosystem might be... What do I expect to find living there? What are the most common plants and animals of the Sonoran desert? How do the bajada
zones typically differ? What might a typical food web for this community look like? What might approximate a trophic pyramid for this system? How does this community compare to the terrestrial habitat (deciduous forest) we sampled this week? How are they different? Perhaps even more challenging... how are they the same? What is truly unique?