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ERIC Number: EJ859829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1539-2422
Despotic Ducks
Darling, Randi A.
Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, v34 n2 p22-26 Dec 2008
This field experiment is designed to test for despotic behavior in Mallards ("Anas platyrhynchos"), and to examine how ducks distribute themselves relative to their resources. Students present Mallards with food patches differing in profitability in order to examine whether ducks distribute themselves ideal freely or ideal despotically. Students also test whether foragers have equal competitive ability, and look for despotic behavior among individuals. Despotic behavior is when certain individuals monopolize resources and prevent others from gaining access to those resources. This exercise is designed to allow students to be involved in every step of the scientific process. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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