SCI115 Strayer Importance of Termite Mounds in Savanna Ecosystem Discussion

Part 1:
Sometimes we are interested in the way that organisms are distributed across a particular habitat. Corina Tarnita’s research on the spacing of termite mounds in savanna ecosystems is one example. Watch the video about her research, found at:, and then address the following:

What do you think is the most interesting aspect of Tarnita’s research?
Discuss how the termite mounds benefit other organisms on the savanna.

Part 2:
Ecology is the study of interactions among organisms and between organisms and their physical environments. Watch the video entitled “Some animals are more equal than others…” found at: Then address the following two issues:

Why do you think that many keystone species are predators at the top of the food chain in their respective ecosystems?
What do you think is the most interesting or significant facet of the video?

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