Trophic Levels: Grazer vs. predator
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About Trophic Levels: Grazer vs. predator Virtual Lab Simulation
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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Techniques in Lab
- Food web
- Food chain
- Trophic pyramid
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
Examples of Related Standards
Life Sciences related 1st year
Partial alignment: HS-LS2-6
4.1 Species, communities and ecosystems
4.2 Energy flow
4.3 Carbon cycling
C.2 Communities and ecosystems
Unit 8: Ecology
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