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Nancy A. Schiller
Clyde Freeman Herreid
Using problem-based learning and role-playing, students analyze the geological origins of the Galapagos Islands, their colonization, species formation, and threats to their biodiversity in this story of a graduate student caught between local fishermen and government officials fighting for control of the islands’ natural resources. The case was designed for an introductory biology course where the focus is on evolution. It would also be appropriate for courses in ecology, conservation biology, and natural resources management.
|Keywords:||Galapagos; volcanic islands; evolution; species formation; natural selection; adaptation; genetic drift; Charles Darwin; biodiversity; Peter Grant; Rosemary Grant; finches; birds; tortoises; sea cucumbers; extinction; ecotourism; South America; Ecuador|
|Topical Area:||Ethics, Policy issues, Social issues, Social justice issues|
|Educational Level:||High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division|
|Type/Method:||Problem-Based Learning, Role-Play, Jig-Saw, Dilemma/Decision|
|Subject Headings:||Evolutionary Biology Biology (General) Ecology Earth Science Environmental Science Natural Resource Management|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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