Module 7, Lesson 10: Behavioral Plasticity and the Ecosystem Services Model

The purpose of this lesson is for students to understand that a key animal behavior is their reproductive strategies. Many animals have variable reproductive strategies and mating patterns and some species exhibit multiple reproductive strategies within their own lifetimes that help them increase their fitness in varied environments. Demonstrating behavioral plasticity, animals adapt their reproductive behaviors to continue the species and increase the survival chances of their genes. In this lesson, students will be introduced to the idea of a “reproductive strategy” and introduced to three cases of differing reproductive strategies through 3 short video clips.

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