Explain how genetic and environmental factors influence the development of living organisms.

M3A2: Essay #1 Part B

As global climate change (and other anthropogenic factors) affects ecosystems, some plant and animal species may go extinct, while others may thrive. As we learned in the video “What Darwin never knew”, the ability of an organism to adapt to an environment can give them a selective advantage to obtain resources.

  • If you are not sure which species are in danger of going extinct,  please visit the World Wildlife Fund (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. or IUCN Red List (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (don’t forget that plants can go extinct too).
  • If you need help identifying organisms that may thrive please read Early, Regan. “Revealed: why some animals and plants will thrive under climate change”  Feb. 2016. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Participation in this activity will help you master course outcomes:

  • Explain how genetic and environmental factors influence the development of living organisms.
  • Apply developmental biology concepts to ecosystem level questions.

This is the module where you submit Essay 1 Part B.

For Essay 1, you will select and explore two species and how environmental changes may affect their development and sexual reproduction. Recall that the course outcomes we are targeting are:

  • Explain how genetic and environmental factors influence the development of living organisms.
  • Apply developmental biology concepts to ecosystem level questions.

This assignment is designed to allow you to demonstrate your mastery of these learning outcomes.

For Essay 1

  • In Module 1, you submitted a proposal and outline. Use this outline to complete Essay 1 Part B.
  • In this module you will submit a 1500 – 2000 word (6-7 pages) essay that explains, describes, analyzes and examines how the environment may affect the development and procreation of different species.
  • Ensure that you have included at least two (2) scientific resources.

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