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LessonsIn this activity, students use data from published studies to understand patterns of seed dispersal and apply these ideas to the design of a conservation area.
Scientists at Work(8 min 3 sec) Watch researchers follow brown spider monkeys in a tropical forest of Colombia to determine which plant seeds they are dispersing. Seed dispersers are critical to the forest’s ability to grow and regenerate.
Science Talks(35 min 51 sec) Regular spatial patterns abound in natural systems. Understanding how patterns arise in ecosystems provides insights into how these ecosystems function.
Data PointsDr. Corina Tarnita and colleagues studied how a pattern of termite mounds across a dryland ecosystem enhances resilience against desertification.
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