Trophic Levels: Grazer vs. predator Virtual Lab

Experience first-hand how energy is transferred within a food web and between trophic levels. In this simulation, you will guide a zebra towards a feeding ground by interacting with organisms in different trophic levels.

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About the Trophic Levels: Grazer vs. predator Virtual Lab

From photosynthesis to apex predator, get ready for a Labster simulation outside of the lab. In this short simulation, you will explore the different trophic levels and understand a zebra’s place in the food web.

Explore trophic levels in an ecosystem

Receive immediate feedback upon exploring food webs and trophic levels. The mission is simple: help a zebra to its feeding ground. To do this, you will have to hide a crocodile in a food chain, place an elephant in a food trophic pyramid and help a lion to place parasites in a food web.

An academic safari

By the end of this simulation, you will explain the different chains within a food web and relate them to a trophic pyramid. Understand concepts such as heterotroph, mixotroph, and autotroph and use them to explain certain behaviors in the different levels of a trophic pyramid.

Will you be able to safely guide the zebra across a crocodile-filled river?

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Experience first-hand how energy is transferred within a food web and between trophic levels. In this simulation, you will guide a zebra towards a feeding ground by interacting with organisms in different trophic levels.

Techniques in lab
Trophic pyramid, Food chain, Food web
Learning objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to...

  • Define trophic levels, food webs and ecological pyramids
  • Elaborate on definitions of autotrophic, heterotrophic and mixotrophic organisms.
  • Differentiate between food chains and food webs
  • Explain how energy flows between different trophic levels and how this impacts ecosystem structure
  • Predict how pests and parasites fit into trophic systems
Simulation features

Length: 25 Minutes
Accessibility mode: Not available
Languages: English (United States), German, Spanish, French, Italian

NGSS

HS-LS2-3, Partial alignment: HS-LS2-6

IB

4.3 Carbon cycling

4.2 Energy flow

Biology C.2 Communities and ecosystems

4.1 Species, communities and ecosystems

AP

Unit 8: Ecology

Collaborator(s)
Eurostars2018