Unit B.1 (Round 1)
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy & Dynamics 

What are the benefits and burdens of being part of a complex ecosystem?

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Unit Resources and Lessons Documents

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Unit Resources

Unit Overview Materials (Unit Overview, NGSS Elements, Teacher Edition)

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Was the increase in population caused by an increase in the availability of food for the wildebeest and buffalo?

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How can lessons learned about the Serengeti help us understand other ecosystems?

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What happened to other components of the Serengeti ecosystem from 1976-1992?

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Why did the buffalo and wildebeest populations respond differently after the drought?

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Is there a relationship between predation and the expanding buffalo and wildebeest populations?

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Why did the buffalo population decline after 1975?

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How can we apply the lessons we have learned about conservation in the Serengeti to our conservation dilemma?

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How can we use what we learned about the Serengeti to plan for conservation in other ecosystems?

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What happened after the creation of the Serengeti National Park?

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Was a disease killing young buffalo and wildebeest?

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Why didn't the wildebeest population keep growing after the elimination of Rinderpest?

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What caused the big decrease in the buffalo and wildebeest populations in 1993?