Grade 12 Biology:

The effect of social structure on population dynamics of different primate groups (multi male-multi female, harem, one male-one female, solitary). How food distribution (clumped versus dispersed) drives social structure in primates due to female competition for food which leads to male competition for females.    Why these different social systems evolved (food resources distribution, mating opportunities).   Watch videos of primates (baboons who have clumped food resources and female dominance versus gorillas who have dispersed food resources and no female dominance) and compare the behaviours observed in the different groups while feeding.

Curriculum points covered:

Population Dynamics: Population growth follows predictable patterns.  Demonstrate an understanding of concepts related to population growth, and explain the factors that affect the growth of various populations of species. Describe the characteristics of a given population, such as its growth, density (e.g., fecundity, mortality), distribution, and minimum viable size.

Key concepts/words:

carrying capacity, population growth, population cycle, fecundity