Everything you need to understand or teach The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen.
The Song of the Dodo is David Quammen's journalistic account of the development of the branch of ecology called island biogeography and an examination of how its theories might be applied to modern conservation efforts. Part scientific explanation and part travelogue, Quammen escorts his readers through the sometimes bitter infighting among ecologists and takes them island hopping around the globe to look at real cases of ecosystem decay.
Island biogeography is the study of the distribution of species in island habitats. Islands make useful case studies, Quammen explains, because their isolation and size make it possible to examine the entire system. Looking at what species survive or go extinct and how species evolve and change on islands can provide, in theory, practical information on what a species requires to remain viable into the future.
Quammen traces the origins of island biogeography to the pioneering work by Charles Darwin...
The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions Lesson Plans contain 122 pages of teaching material, including: