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Investigating the Ecology of Mosquitoes and Birds in Hawaii

Author(s): Michelle Phillips

Hawaii Community College

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Examining biotic and abiotic environmental factors explain the historic, present, and future prevalence and range of avian malaria in Hawaii. The activity also asks how this affects local endangered bird populations.

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Version 1.0 - published on 22 May 2019 doi:10.25334/Q4ZF28 - cite this

Adapted from: Investigating the Ecology of West Nile Virus in the United States v 1.0


What Students Do: Students interpret and analyze real data to explain the effects of biotic and abiotic factors on ecosystems, and relate this to understanding how invasive species affect Hawaiian ecosystems and populations of endemic and endangered species of birds. Students examine species richness and abundance, and use real data collected from the literature as well as online databases to learn background information on West Nile Virus on the Mainland US as compared to Hawaii, compare native vs. non-native abundance, and generate and test hypotheses correlating avian and and mosquito populations in the context of climate change, along with temperature, elevation, and vegetation.

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