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Assignment 2: Discussion—Species Interactions and You

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Humans interact with various species every day without actually realizing it. In the field of ecology, these interactions can either be interspecific (between species) or intraspecific (within species). Interactions between humans are known as intraspecific (within species) interactions. For example, interactions between a human and a pet would be interspecific, whereas interactions between a human and another human would be intraspecific.

Research interspecific and intraspecific interactions using the module readings, the Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet.

This assignment has two parts. Complete both parts.

Part A

Complete the following:

  • Track your interactions with other organisms—between and within species—for one day.
  • Summarize your interactions throughout the day, using the terms from this module’s readings. If required, review the module’s readings again.
  • At a minimum, identify ten interactions that you witnessed or participated in today. Among those interactions, you should be able to identify a predatory-prey relationship, a competitive relationship, and a mutualism. You could also identify parasitic relationships or commensalisms, if you choose. Although you can repeat interaction types—for instance, you can have multiple mutualisms—the examples must differ. These are some examples:
    • Did you have a predatory-prey relationship with a chicken today? That is, did you eat chicken for lunch?
    • Did you have a competitive relationship with a coworker today? That is, were you competing for a raise?

Click here to download this template to track interactions with organisms.

Part B

Respond to the following:

  • For every interaction you identified above, describe an interaction in nature that is similar to what you experienced or witnessed. For example, if you had a predatory-prey interaction with your meal, identify and describe an example of a predatory-prey interaction in nature. Or, if you had a competitive interaction with your coworker, identify and describe a competitive interaction in nature.
  • Using the information you reviewed, explain why it is important to recognize these interactions.

Support your statements with appropriate examples and scholarly references.

Using the information that you compiled above, summarize your interactions for the day. Be sure to classify your interactions (parasitic, mutualism, etc.) and that you also determine if the interactions are considered intraspecific or interspecific.

Write your initial response in a minimum of 300–350 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

By Saturday, April 5, 2014, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Wednesday, April 9, 2014, review and comment on at least two peers’ responses. In your response posting, address the following by employing the concepts covered in module readings and your research:

  • Evaluate your fellow students’ examples of interactions in nature. Are the categories accurately identified? Are the examples valid?
  • What did you learn from the other students’ entries and comparisons?
  • Did you agree or disagree with students’ explanation of the importance of recognizing these interactions?

 

Species Interactions—Tracker

Use this tracking tool to track your interactions with other organisms—between and within species—for one day.

 

Date: 4-8-2014

Time

Type of Interaction  (Interspecific or Intraspecific)

Description of Interaction

Classification of Relationship (Predatory-Prey, Competitive, or Mutualism)

7:00am

Intraspecific

Waking up, make a cup of coffee, and have a bagel.

Predatory-Prey

8:00am

Intraspecific

Catch a bus to go to doctor’s appointment.

Competitive

10:00am

Interspecific

Waiting for bus, as I wait I observe birds swooping down to pick up food that people have dropped on the sidewalk.

Competitive

12:00pm

Intraspecific

At the local diner, meeting friend for lunch, decide to have chicken salad sandwich.

Predatory-Prey

1:00pm

Interspecific

Walking home, observe squirrels chasing each other and running around on the lawn collection acorns.

Competitive

2:00pm

Intraspecific

 At home, sitting here at my desk doing class work and studying

Mutualism

4:00pm

Intraspecific

Granddaughters come home from school; we all prepare dinner to have with their mother.

Mutualism

5:00pm

Intraspecific

My daughter arrives home from work; we all sit down to dinner of Lamb Chops, Corn and Potatoes.

Predatory-Prey

6:00pm

Intraspecific

Clean up after dinner, help youngest granddaughter with bath.

Mutualism

8:00pm

Intraspecific

Had family time from 630-8pm watching movies, time for bed, read granddaughter bed time story, she falls asleep and I go to my room for some television and to unwind from the day.

Mutualism

 

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