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Mutation Invasion

Activity Summary
This activity introduces students to the concepts of invasive and non-invasive species and demonstrates how a species invasion occurs and the effect mutation surfing has on survival in newly colonized regions.

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Learning Objectives
1. Demonstrate how an invasion occurs
2. Explain the differences between an invasive and non-invasive species
3. Analyze the effects mutation surfing has on the survival of a species in a new colony

Lesson Materials (view or download)
invasive, noninvasive, colonized, mutation surfing

Last updated: 3/9/2015