Nonnative (Invasive) Species

Nonnative (Invasive) Species

Author: Marlene Larios

Standard: California Science Standards 1998: Ecology 6. Stability in an ecosystem is a balance between competing effects. As a basis for understanding this concept: b. Students know how to analyze changes in an ecosystem resulting from changes in climate, human activity, introduction of nonnative species, or changes in population size.

Objective: Students will be able to explain the impact of the Asian carp has on native fish by listening to a podcast and develop their own method of control.

This tutorial discusses invasive species and focuses, in particular, on the Asian carp.

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Invasive Species: What you need to know

Source: Schofield, Ellen, and David Andow. "Invasive Species." YouTube. YouTube, 23 Apr. 2012. Web. 28 July 2015. .

Asian carp podcast

Source: Jones, Whitney. "Carp(e) Diem: Kentucky Sends Invasive Fish To China." NPR. NPR, 24 Mar. 2014. Web. 28 July 2015. .

Asian carp invasion

Source: Sondel, Justin. "An Asian Carp Invasion of the Great Lakes Looms - Investigative Post." Investigative Post. Investigative Post, 04 Apr. 2013. Web. 28 July 2015. .

Big Question

If nothing is done in 10 years, predict the effects on the ecosystem by drawing a picture along with a summary of what the ecosystem would look like.

Describe at least two methods of control to decrease the number of Asian carp that could be implemented today.