Great Lakes Under Stress: Invasive Species as Agents of Ecosystem Change

This module explores invasive species as agents of ecosystem change in the Laurentian Great Lakes of North America, focusing specifically on Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Following a brief introduction to the Great Lakes ecosystem, the case study describes several key invasive species and the roles they play in disrupting natural ecosystem behavior and function. It then concludes with an overview of control strategies and mitigation efforts. A modeling exercise is described to introduce students to an important tool used by scientists and engineers to simulate system behavior for ecosystem management. Discussion questions are provided throughout the text, designed to stimulate critical thinking among students; these can either be examined by students independently, or used to guide class discussion.

Featured in: Lessons in Conservation: Water Issue

See also:
Story of an Invasion: A Case Study of the Rusty Crayfish in the Great Lakes
Invasive Species and Mechanisms of Invasions
Applying Critical Thinking to an Invasive Species Problem

Theme: Ecology for Conservation

Language: English

Region: North America

Keywords: ecosystem function, invasive, management, modeling, freshwater, ecology

Components: 5

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Case Study: Great Lakes Under Stress: Invasive Species as Agents of Ecosystem Change

Author: J.F. Atkinson, H.M. Domske

   

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Exercise: Great Lakes Under Stress: Modeling Exercise

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Teaching Notes: Great Lakes Under Stress: Invasive Species as Agents of Ecosystem Change

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Teaching Notes: Great Lakes Under Stress: Modeling Supplement

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Solutions: Great Lakes Under Stress: Modeling Exercise Solutions

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